Pat Cummins’ ODI captain replacements set to be replaced by Australia

Australia will be looking to expand their pool of ODI captains over the next 12 months, with a variety of different players likely to substitute pat cummins if necessary after Josh Hazlewood took the role in Sydney.

Hazlewood, who had never captained in a professional match but was previously ODI vice-captain, stepped in against England when Cummins rested, having led his first game in the format in Adelaide two days ago. He is now set to be the favorite if the same situation happens again – Cummins is likely to return for the final game in Melbourne on Tuesday – but given that he may also need to be rested as a multi-format bowler, others could fit into the Framework.

“At this point, probably yes,” Hazlewood said if the decision now made him the first choice behind Cummins. “It’s hard to say, I’m a fast bowler, and I’ll probably miss games here and there too.

“Obviously we have [Steven] Smith, who was vice-captain tonight, and down the chain there’s another couple in the leadership group. So there are a lot of options there and I felt that in the middle there were a number of senior players I could talk to and get their opinion on.”

During the draw, Hazlewood had spoken of a ‘wider leadership group’, with Cummins himself saying when he took over that he believed a wider range of captains could work in the ODIs. ahead of next year’s World Cup in India.

“Test cricket is another story,” Hazlewood said after the game. “There’s a captain and that’s his team, whereas one-day players and T20s often have a different group and a different senior group. I think that’s a good model, and I think that works so far.”

Hazlewood admitted it took a while to settle into the field – his first two overs conceded 21 – and felt he should return to school cricket for the last time as captain of a team.

“It was quite exciting at first and a little scary,” he said. “But once we got on the pitch it was a lot of fun. I certainly enjoyed it, and it was a bit of a challenge there as that partnership unfolded, and then we had a few wickets and that set the game up.

“I was thinking everyone’s bowling rather than my own at first, but I got into a groove there. And then it all seemed to go pretty well. But overall, you leave it up to the bowlers. They know the delivery that they want to bowl and they own their land and they own their result as well. So there was no time that I had to interfere or argue, so everything went smoothly.

Whereas Cummins withdrew from IPL 2023 in order to focus on its freshness for international service, it is expected to still be shot on the one-day side. Asked about the potential length of his ODI captaincy ahead of this run, Cummins said he wasn’t looking beyond the World Cup and expected he wouldn’t keep the role after that, heading into another four-year cycle.

The decision to pick Hazlewood as a replacement meant he was ahead of other names who have recently captained Australia. Alex Carey replaced injured Aaron Finch on the West Indies tour last year, leading the team to a 2-1 series win, and Smith replaced Cummins in the last Ashes at home when he was left out of the Test. Adelaide due to being a close Covid contact.

“I don’t expect Pat to play every one-day game before the World Cup,” national team chairman George Bailey said when Cummins was named ODI captain. “We have a number of players in the squad who can take the lead if they need to, so I expect to see two or three guys take the lead at some point.

“We’re moving away from this concept of a captain taking over and his all-encompassing leadership. It’s a collaboration sometimes.”

David Warner could also be an option in the future if his ruling ban is overturned, with a decision on that expected in the near future. Travis headwho captains South Australia and the Adelaide Strikers, could be another candidate.

However, the future of Australia’s T20I captaincy remains uncertain. Finch said he won’t make a decision on his career until the BBL ends, but he’s not expected to continue until the 2024 World Cup in the West Indies and the United States.


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