Australian captain Pat Cummins has opened up about his future in the 50-over format. The right-arm pace bowler has revealed that he will take stock of his ODI future after the 2023 World Cup and hinted at different players stepping up as captains as well. Since replacing Aaron Finch as Australia’s ODI captain last November, Cummins has led the team only once in the format.
When asked about his ODI future, Cummins said as quoted by Fox Sports, he shared: “I haven‘t thought about it too much to be honest. We’ll play this World Cup and then assess it after that. The captaincy for the ODIs has been kind of shared around a little bit. Smithy‘s done a couple, Joshy Hazlewood’s done one, Mitchy’s there, Alex Carey’s there as well, so I think we’ll get over there, have a look at that.”
“The good thing is we’ve got a few options. (Marsh) is probably the most obvious one if he’s doing the T20s as well. I wouldn’t be surprised with the number of ODIs before the World Cup whether some guys might miss a game as well. If Mitchy misses one, someone else might step up,” Pat Cummins further added.
The New South Wales bowler also missed the three-match ODI series against India earlier this year due to his mother’s demise. Smith, who also led in the final two Tests, took charge of the team in ODIs. Speaking of his wrist injury suffered during the 2023 Ashes series, Pat Cummins highlighted that it’s not too severe and he is confident of featuring in the World Cup as well. However, Australia’s tour of South Africa starts on August 30, with the T20I series as well.
He added: “It’s not too bad. I’ll head over to South Africa at the back-end of that leg, but we’re probably looking more at those one-dayers ahead of the World Cup. It shouldn’t be too bad. Another few weeks and it’ll be right. I’ll keep it in a brace for a few weeks and it’ll be fine.”