Last week, Australian pacer Pat Cummins was asked to consider whether Australia should rotate their fast bowlers during the Ashes series. In response, he said that not all fast bowlers are likely to play five Tests. I certainly won’t think about taking a rest or being out of the team as long as my form and fitness keep up.” He will be named as Australia’s next Test captain, although Cummins will face many challenges as captain.
A remarkable part of Cummins’ story is that he has become Australia’s most durable fast bowler. Only Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Nathan Lyon and R Ashwin have bowled more overs than him since his return to Test cricket in 2017. After his brilliant debut, he did not get a chance to take part in Test cricket for six years. However, one thing is certain that now that durability will be both tested and reviewed. There has recently been evidence that Cummins can withstand the pressure of five back-to-back Tests that are scheduled to take place from early December to mid-January. He was the only fast bowler from Australia to play all five Tests in the 2019 Ashes. However, the situation in England is not that difficult.
If his promotion is certain, it will be a journey into an unknown world for both Australian cricket and Cummins. The last fast bowler to captain Australia in any format was Ray Lindwall, who did so for a Test in 1956. However, even for a wicketkeeper, the role of captain is not that easy. Based on the developments after or before Paine’s departure, a question has continued to arise as to whether the number of leading players in the Australian team is declining.