Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke feels that the time is right for pacer Pat Cummins to be appointed as the next Australia Test skipper.
He added that the seniors in the team can help Cummins in adjusting to captaincy duties.
“If we were three or five years on it might be different. But with so much seniority in the team, I think it is the right time for him. Because they can help him. Steve Smith, David Warner, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood. These guys have played a truckload of Test cricket. They can be there to help him, with or without the C or VC next to his name,” Clarke said on the Big Sports Breakfast show on Sky Sports Radio.
After Paine’s sudden resignation, Cricket Australia had announced that they started the accelerated process of appointing the next captain.
The first Ashes Test will be played on December 8 in Brisbane.
“You have to allow him time to get into this job. Because he hasn’t had 10 years of captain first-grade or state cricket. But sometimes you can see certain things in people, and I think he’s got it. He reads the game. He’s a cricket captain. Looking at on the field tactics. The way he talks to his players. The way he sets the field when he bowls.”