James Pattinson has delivered a ringing endorsement of Pat Cummins’ captaincy credentials, arguing the quick bowler is strictly the kind of chief Australia want of their hour of want.
Cummins is the frontrunner to change Tim Paine as Take a look at skipper, with Cricket Australia set to make a name inside per week.
Selling the vice-captain can be a logical step for the governing physique in some ways, but it will additionally fly within the face of current custom given no paceman has captained Australia’s Take a look at XI since Ray Lindwall in 1956.
Pattinson, having watched Cummins go from energy to energy since his long-awaited Take a look at recall in 2017, believes there’s a good cause why the 28-year-old can break the mould.
“He’d be unbelievable. He’s got everything, got all the attributes of an Australian captain,” Pattinson mentioned after starring within the drawn Sheffield Defend match between Victoria and NSW on the SCG.
“He’s a calm head … that’s exactly what I think we need.
“He is bought an important cricket mind, numerous mates in that group, and only a nice particular person.
“He brings a team with him as well. You go out there with him and he sets the example … he brings people with him.”
Cummins final month tried to discuss Pattinson out of retiring from worldwide cricket, with the pair having shared a bond after battling a number of accidents within the early phases of their careers.
“He’s obviously got more confidence now … it’s a natural progression for him.
“He would not actually have to say an excessive amount of however his presence is sufficient … he’d be improbable.”
NSW captain Kurtis Patterson, who played under Cummins’ leadership during the domestic one-day tournament at the start of this year, was likewise full of support for his long-term teammate since junior-age carnivals.
One concern among those casting doubt on Cummins’ credentials is whether the right-armer could manage tactically during his own spells.
Patterson noted his teammate “hit the nail on the pinnacle numerous the time” in that regarding during the Blues’ surge to the one-day title.
“He did a bloody good job,” Patterson mentioned.
“Particularly with Take a look at cricket, there’s clearly a good bit of tension that may float across the change room.
“He just takes that out of the room. He is a very calming presence, never overthinks anything or overreacts to situations when they do get tough.
“And he is going to have some good assist round him by way of the ways.”
Patterson added “there’s in all probability not numerous different batters there which might be actually placing their hand up to captain”.
“Pat is a improbable chief simply with the way in which he acts,” he mentioned.