Pat Cummins’ infectious composure and confidence are a part of what made him a improbable NSW captain.
Cricket Australia is anticipated to announce Tim Paine’s successor as Test skipper by the top of this week, with Cummins the frontrunner to get the nod forward of Steve Smith.
Cummins would change into the primary quick bowler to guide the aspect since Ray Lindwall in 1956, prompting questions as as to if he might juggle the extra accountability.
Blues coach Phil Jaques put in Cummins as one-day captain firstly of this 12 months, giving the paceman an opportunity to expertise managing fields and bowling adjustments alongside his personal overs.
The early proof, admittedly in a setting far faraway from lengthy days within the discipline and marathon spells related to a Test, was promising.
Cummins missed the ultimate due to IPL obligation however was in cost for each different recreation because the Blues surged to a one-day title.
“Pat was great, he kept a really relaxed vibe in the change room,” Jaques stated.
“He utilised the people around him really really well, kept the guys really relaxed and really confident.
“He realized on the run a bit – he hasn’t carried out lots of it over the course of his cricketing life however he’s a pure chief.
“He did a fantastic job. I think there’s some really good options across the board in Australian cricket … hopefully it’s one of our own.”
The former Test opener added Cummins “knows how to bring a group together and knows how to keep a group relaxed. They’re really good qualities to have,” Jaques stated.
Kurtis Patterson, who captained NSW to victory in Wednesday’s one-dayer towards Victoria, performed below Cummins’ management earlier this 12 months and has identified the 28-year-old since being teammates at junior-age carnivals.
“He did a bloody good job,” Patterson stated.
“Especially with Test cricket, there’s obviously a fair bit of anxiety that can float around the change room.
“He simply takes that out of the room. He is a really calming presence, by no means overthinks something or overreacts to conditions once they do get powerful.
“And he’s going to have some good support around him in terms of the tactics.”