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After Australian whiteball skipper Aaron Finch hung his shoes on ODIs on Sunday following their win over New Zealand, the question of who will become the next ODI captain is the one on everyone’s mind. Speaking of the potential players on the team, opener David Warner tops the list of who can take responsibility for leading Australia in the white ball format. Because Warner is serving the lifelong leadership ban, which was imposed on him at the time by the board for his role in the sandpaper scandal in 2018, it is not going in his favor.
“The guy next to me (Pat Cummins) is the key, he’s the test captain. I’m sure he’ll get the first chance. Any chance you get to be captain is a privilege. For my circumstances, it’s in the hands of Cricket Australia I can only focus on what I have to do and that is use the bat and try to score as many points as possible,” said Warner, as reported by Sydney Morning Herald.
“My phone is here [if CA want to call for a talk about leadership]. What has been done has been done in the past. The good thing is that there is a new board. I’m always happy to sit down and chat and talk about anything they want to talk about. I’m just happy, enjoying my cricket and putting my best foot forward for the team,” he added.
Meanwhile, Cummins stated that it is not “realistic” for a fast bowler captain in all three formats and called Warner a “superb leader”.
“If you were to do all formats and every game, I don’t think that’s realistic. Especially as a fast bowler, I think you need to find windows to rest. I think you could do that too,” Cummins said.
“It’s not our decision to make but Davey is always a fantastic leader within the team. He makes my job as captain very easy. I don’t know about batting so it’s great to have guys like Davey there to take care of.” ,” he added.
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