Ian Healy advises Pat Cummins to give up Australia’s Test captaincy

Matthew Renshaw

Australia suffered massive defeats against India in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy. This has led to questioning Pat Cummins’ captaincy. Critics heavily criticized his selection choices in the first Test and tactics in the second innings when defending 113 runs in Delhi. This resulted in the Aussies conceding the trophy for the fourth consecutive time with a 0-2 deficit in the series. In the midst of talks, former Australia cricketer Ian Healy stated that Cummins should not shoulder the burden of captaincy for too long.


Since November 2021, Cummins has been leading the Australian Test team, and he also took over as ODI skipper in late 2021. Additionally, he is currently considered a top contender to lead the T20 side.

Healy said:

“I don*t want him carrying the burden of so much captaincy for too long. I want him to finish (as just a bowler). The captaincy creates a burnout and four to five years is a long time as a captain.”

Cummins had experienced only one defeat as Test captain prior to arriving in India. However, Australia faced consecutive losses in the Nagpur and Delhi Tests, resulting in the surrendering of the Border Gavaskar Trophy. Following the Delhi Test, the 29-year-old returned home to be with his ill mother, and he will not participate in the third Test, set to begin on March 1.

“I would like to see Cummins finish his career as a great fast bowler and someone else with the captaincy burden. I think Travis Head is quite capable. He’s led South Australia since he was a 21-year-old, he’s quite capable and has got a lot of experience. He’s the main one that stands out to me. The likes of Glenn Maxwell might be able to do parts of it (in the short form), but as far as longer-term captaincy prospects other than Travis Head, I can’t think (of any),”

Ian Healy further added.

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