Ponting Picks Cummins as new ODI captain
Ponting reveals his pick for next Australia ODI captain (ICC)

Ricky Ponting names his choice for next Australia’s ODI captain: Australian limited-overs captain Aaron Finch recently announced his retirement from ODI cricket. The Right-handed opener will continue to lead the side in T20Is, his immediate assignment is a three-match trip to India before taking the side to defend their title in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022. With less than 1 year left for the ODI World Cup 2023 to start, Australia will have to move quickly to decide who is going to lead their side after Finch

Two Time World Cup-winning captain for Australia, ‘Ricky Ponting’ reveals his pick for the next Australian ODI captain. He has used the latest episode of ICC Review with Sanjana Ganesan to tell who he thinks should replace Aaron Finch and become Australia’s next ODI captain.

Ponting’s pick for next Australian ODI Captain

I think it’ll be Pat Cummins, to be honest,” Ponting told host Sanjana Ganesan on The ICC Review.

Punter said, “I know he doesn’t play all the ODIs for obvious reasons, because his workload in Test cricket has been, like all the fast bowlers, very high in the last few years. I know they are very conscious of making sure that they’ve got Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Starc 100 percent fit and healthy for the big Test series to come around. But look, I’ll be surprised if it wasn’t Pat Cummins.”

Along with this, Ricky also named a few other options for captaincy, in which he also included the name, David Warner. “Should David Warner be allowed to come out of the ban and captain the Australian side, could Alex Carey regarding his last 12 months have been excellent with gloves and bat, do they think of someone young like Marnus Labuschagne? It’s an interesting conversation about who is the right pick”

Steve Smith and David Warner
Ponting noted Smith’s current role as Test vice-captain as reason enough to overturn Warner’s ban.

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Steve Smith was stripped of the captaincy and banned from leading Australia for two years, while the vice-captain Warner was handed a lifelong leadership ban for their roles in the 2018 ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. Talking more about Steve Smith and Warner, Ponting cited Smith’s current role as Test vice-captain as reason enough to overturn Warner’s ban.

“I’m just basing this on what’s happened with Steve Smith – he is now the Test vice-captain again, having been the captain and really at the center of the whole controversy in Cape Town, He is now the Test vice-captain, which means obviously that if Pat Cummins ever misses a Test, then Steve Smith is going to be the captain of Australia again in Test match cricket,” Ponting noted

“So, if that’s the case, and all being even and reasonably fair, then I think it would be OK, as far as I’m concerned, for David Warner to have his name (in the ring). Not saying that they have to make him captain, but he should be able to be in the conversation.”

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