Pat Cummins for Australia Prime Minister? In-form pacer responds to popular calls

first_imgAustralia fast bowler Pat Cummins has been the standout player for the hosts in otherwise disappointing outings against top-ranked India in the ongoing four-Test series.Cummins, who had made his Test debut as a teenager in 2011, is making the best use of his peak fitness in the ongoing series after having suffered several injury concerns in the past. Apart from bowling several hostile spells, the 25-year-old has also been one of the better batsmen in the floundering Australian batting unit.Cummins came up with an all-round show that saved Australia’s blushes in the Boxing Day Test, which India won by 137 runs in Melbourne. He picked up nine wickets, including six wickets in the second innings wherein he was breathing fire and making life difficult for India batsmen.With the bat, Cummins gave Australia a glimmer of hope in a steep chase of 399 as he made 63 from 114 balls, stitching crucial partnerships with the tail and taking the match into the fifth day.Following his MCG heroics, several from the cricket fraternity, including Australia women’s cricketer Megan Schutt, heaped praise on Cummins and even jokingly nominated Cummins for the Prime Minister’s post.Responding to the calls during a party hosted by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the New Year’s Day in Sydney, Pat Cummins told cricket.com.au: “I don’t know about that. His [the Prime Minister] job is a lot more stressful than what I have to do. I think he said it’s the only time of the year he gets to turn on the TV and watch cricket. So I don’t think I would like that job.”advertisementWon’t make a very good captain at the moment: CumminsMeanwhile, Cummins also insisted he is not interested in taking up the role of Australia captain and insisted Tim Paine is doing a “brilliant job”.Paine took over as captain in March 2018 after former captain Steve Smith along with vice-captain David Warner were handed one-year bans for their involvement in ball-tampering in the Cape Town Test against South Africa.Since the Cape Town Test, Australia have managed to win only one Test – the second match of the ongoing series against India in Melbourne – from six matches.”I think it’s pretty ridiculous at the moment. We’ve obviously got ‘Painey’ (Paine) at the moment who is doing a brilliant job and I think it’s his for a long time now,” Cummins said.”I feel like I’m too busy in the game bowling and when I’m batting, putting all my effort into that. And when I’m not doing it I’m usually off with the fairies trying to recover. So, I don’t think I would make a very good captain at the moment.”Nomiating vice-captain and fellow pacer Josh Hazlewood for the role in the future, Cummins added: “I think someone like Josh Hazlewood at the moment has an enhanced role as vice-captain, he’s always thinking about the game when he’s out there fielding.”When he’s batting in the sheds he is always watching and thinking things through. Maybe it’s different personalities, but I see no reason why a bowler can’t be a captain.”Also Read | Bumrah a nightmare to face, Pujara the difference between India and Australia: Brad HodgeAlso Read | India vs Australia: R Ashwin practices alone on New Year’s day ahead of Sydney TestAlso Read | Australian Prime Minister hosts Virat Kohli and Tim Paine’s men at official residenceAlso See:last_img

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