Under extraordinary circumstances, Tim Paine stepped down as Australia’s Test captain on Friday (November 19) following his involvement in an off-field scandal back in 2017. At the time when Paine was addressing the media, another Ashes squad member Travis Head was in the middle of a press conference.
Head confronted with a question related to Paine and his successor but the left-hander didn’t answer anything related to the wicketkeeper-batter stating that it is difficult to comment anything on the matter right now. However, he picked Pat Cummins as the likely replacement to lead Australia in the Ashes.
“Obviously Pat’s been well spoken about, named as vice-captain, it’s hard to go past him, or give him the opportunity to, he’s someone who oozes leadership, not only in the way he presents himself and speaks and the way he goes about things and the way he trains, but also when he’s on the field,” Head said according to Fox Sports.
Only recently, Pat Cummins had also said that he was ready to lead his country in red-ball cricket if trusted with the responsibility. Cummins is already the One-Day captain of domestic team New South Wales.
“I guess so. I’ve been in the role for a couple of years now. I’ll be ready if I have to, but I doubt that. I think it’s something you have got to be aware of. f I was in the role and I found it tough at times, there’s 10 other guys I would lean on out in the middle.
“You have guys like Smithy (Steve Smith) and Davey Warner who are incredibly experienced and experienced bowlers who look after themselves. I wouldn’t have an issue handballing it over to other people to help out,” Cummins had said.