Australia’s legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne has said that it is the right time to appoint fast bowler Pat Cummins as the team’s new Test captain. He also said that Josh Inglis should be appointed as the next wicketkeeper of the team. Cricket Australia has not yet disclosed the name of the next new captain after Tim Paine resigned from the captaincy of the Test team. The names of Pat Cummins and Steve Smith are at the forefront of this list. In such a situation, Warne has supported Cummins. If Cummins becomes the captain, it will be after 65 years in the history of Australian cricket that a fast bowler will be seen captaining in Test matches.
Warne wrote in The Daily Telegraph, ‘I think there is no harm in making Cummins captain. This is the right time for them. Everyone has love and respect for Cummins. Apart from this, either Josh Inglis, Alex Carey or Matt Henry can be picked for the wicketkeeper. But English is my first choice. He is capable of playing all kinds of shots with the bat. He has scored 3 first class centuries for Western Australia. Also, there is an amazing player behind the wicket as well.
The 28-year-old made his Test debut for Australia in 2011. Since then, he has taken 164 wickets in 32 Test matches. Warne had earlier criticized Paine’s captaincy after he was appointed captain in place of Steve Smith after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in 2018.