Pat Cummins has taken more than 200 wickets in Test cricket at an average of 21.50.
Ian Healy chose Travis Head and Glenn Maxwell to succeed Cummins.
Sydney. Former Australia wicketkeeper Ian Healy does not want Pat Cummins to carry the burden of captaincy for a long time, as he believes that this high-pressure role can have an adverse effect on his game. Healy said that he wants this Australian fast bowler to focus on his bowling and end his career as a fast bowler. Cummins is the captain of Australia’s Test team since November 2021 and has also been playing the role of captain of the ODI team since last year. Not only this, he is also at the forefront of the race to get the captaincy of the T20 team.
Healy told Sen Radio, “I don’t want him to carry the burden of captaincy for a long time. I want him to end his career as a fast bowler.” He said, “The pressure of captaincy leads to fatigue and four to five years is a long time for captaincy.”
Before coming to India, Cummins had to face defeat in only one Test match as captain. However, Australia had to face defeat in the first two Test matches played in Nagpur and Delhi, due to which it also lost the Border Gavaskar Trophy.
Pat Cummins will not be able to play in the third Test match starting in Indore from March 1 due to his mother being ill and Steve Smith will take over the captaincy in his place. Healy said, “He has already spent a few years as Test captain. I want someone else to take over the captaincy and end his career as a fast bowler.” Healy chose Travis Head and Glenn Maxwell as Cummins’ successors.
He said, “I believe that Travis Head is very capable. He has been captaining South Australia since he was 21 and has good experience. A player like Glenn Maxwell can also be given this responsibility for some time, but if a long-term captain has to be selected, I cannot think of anyone other than Travis Head.
FIRST PUBLISHED : February 24, 2023, 18:17 IST