Former Australia captain Ian Chappell labeled Pat Cummins the most inspiring leader and he called Joe Root’s leadership “bad”. Cummins replaced Tim Paine as Australia Test skipper earlier this month. Paine had resigned after a sexting scandal and later said he was taking some time off to take care of his mental health. “He is also by far the most inspiring player on the Australian side, and even when he was replaced as captain this week, the team still played hard with his reputation in mind. Cummins was aptly nicknamed Postman Pat before he was hired. this handle because he delivers regularly and often gives Australia a wicket when needed,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNcricinfo.
“There’s a lot to like about Cummins’ appointment, and he certainly delivered his first captaincy test with a run of five wicket innings in the Gabba. Will Cummins have days when things don’t all go exactly to plan? Too good – that’s life from a captain, and from any leader anywhere in the world, but Cummins will get better as a captain because that’s what good leaders do: they learn from their mistakes and try to avoid them in the future.” added.
Cummins is not currently part of Australia’s playing XI for the pending second Ashes test as he was considered to be in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.
The only question Cummins can’t answer is how many tests he will miss due to injury or Covid regulations. His second hiccup in the Test is one he’d rather have avoided, but missing matches is something you’ll have to deal with.
“Cummins will become a really strong leader and receive excellent help because he is well respected. Ultimately, he will be ranked as a good leader for all occasions. A lot of it will be based on his composure and common sense,” said Chappell. .
Of England captain Root, Chappell said: “Root is an excellent batter, but a poor captain. It would not be unfair to describe him as an ordinary and hapless captain. Rarely do you find a long-term captain who lacks imagination, “But he’s also lucky. A lucky captain is usually lucky because the players believe he’s some kind of miracle worker and things tend to work because of the team’s faith.”
“He is not an inspiring captain and this is indicated by the number of times his team has made their way to a decent position but cannot get the job done. This happened again when England, after conceding 425 in Brisbane, repeated their mistakes in Adelaide leaks 473 for the loss of 9. Another sign of Root’s shortcoming was the number of times he put an English outfielder in a catch position after a high shot that went into that area,” he added.
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