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‘How should an Australian captain act’ – Pat Cummins reveals how the feeling of becoming the Australia captain sunk in | Sporting News Australia


Pat Cummins has been enjoying a terrific phase of his cricketing career over the last few years, especially since taking over as the captain of the Australian cricket team. 

The 30-year-old was first made captain in November 2021. Following the resignation of Tim Paine, Cricket Australia (CA) chose Cummins to take over the reins.

A year later, following the retirement of Aaron Finch, Cummins was made the captain in one-day internationals. 

Australia have enjoyed immense success under the leadership of the New South Welshman, winning two ICC trophies in 2023.

He has garnered praise from all corners of the world for his outstanding leadership qualities and his ability to take his game up by a few notches. Cummins won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year 2023.

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Pat Cummins reveals how he dealt with becoming the Australian captain

In a podcast with The ImperfectsCummins revealed that he himself couldn’t believe that he was the Australian captain and that the feeling took some time to sink in completely. 

On the podcast, he was asked, “When you’re walking or at a cafe or just hanging out by yourself, do you ever just stop and go, ‘Oh God, I’m the Australian cricket captain.’ Does that happen to you?”

Here’s what Cummins replied:

Yeah it does, does a little bit. It certainly did for the first few months when I became captain. I’d wake up in the morning going, “Oh shit. What should an Australian captain do today? How should an Australian captain act?” Then I would kind of come back to going, “Shit, I don’t know. I have known a few captains. What did they do? I don’t know them, I only know me, shit.” And then I would kind of be like, “Well, other people picked you. So I’m just going to do me until anyone tells me not to.”

What is Pat Cummins record as Australia captain?

Format Matches Won Lost Tied Draw
Tests 28 17 6 0 5
ODIs 15 12 3 0

Trophies won by Pat Cummins as Australia captain:

Trophy Year
ICC World Test Championship 2023
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023