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Pat Cummins Named as Australia’s New ODI Captain

Australia’s ODI Captain: Cricket Australia has named Pat Cummins as the new captain of Australia’s ODI cricket team following Aaron Finch’s retirement from the 50-over format.

Pat Cummins Named as Australia’s New ODI Captain

Pat Cummins made his ODI debut on October 19, 2011, against South Africa and played 73 ODIs so far, and bagged 119 wickets. Cummins was announced as the 47th captain of the Australian men’s test cricket team following the resignation of Tim Paine.

While David Warner and Steve Smith were considered as the top contenders, CA named Pat Cummins ad their new ODI captain.

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David Warner won the 2021 T20 World Cup Player of the Tournament Award(Image: ICC)

Former skipper Ricky Ponting predicted Cummins would win the nod when speaking with Sanjana Ganesan recently on The ICC Review and the Australia great was proven correct.

Cummins will become Australia’s 27th ODI captain, with the right-arm quick to lead the country in 50-over cricket ahead of next year’s 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India.

The 29-year-old paid tribute to Finch and said he was looking forward to the opportunity to captain Australia in the one-day arena.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed playing under Finchy and have learnt an enormous amount from his leadership. They are significant shoes to fill although we are extremely fortunate to have a one-day squad with a huge amount of experience,” Cummins was quoted as saying in a Cricket Australia media release.

Pat Cummins will lead the Australian cricket team in the upcoming 2023 ICC World Cup tournament scheduled to play in India next year.

Commenting on the appointment, the Chair of Selectors George Bailey said: “Pat has done an excellent job since taking on the captaincy of the Test side and we look forward to him leading the one-day team to the 2023 World Cup in India.”

It is worth mentioning that Cummins was the first fast bowler to take on the role of full-time Australian captain in history.

Under his captaincy, Australia toured Pakistan after 24 years since their last visit in 1998. Cummins was a leading wicket-taker in the inaugural Benaud-Qadir Trophy series along with Nathan Lyon.

He picked 12 wickets across three Test matches with a 22.50 bowling average. Cummins took his seventh 5-wicket haul in the first innings of the third Test match in Lahore and 3 wickets in the second innings, which helped Australia to go on and win the series 1-0 in Pakistan.

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