Australia captain Pat Cummins has told his players to be themselves and not resort to sledding just because “it may have been done in the past”.
Since the tampering ball scandal in 2018, Australian cricket culture has come under serious scrutiny for its approach to winning at all costs. There have been no mishaps during the ongoing Ashes series, which Cummins attributes to his teammates, not just his leadership style.
Cummins, the first Australian fast bowler to lead a Test team, said his leadership style was very similar to England’s Eoin Morgan.
“I follow different leaders and people like Eoin Morgan. I love how he sees the captain and how he brings the team together. I have been working with Eoin in the IPL for the past few years and we have a great sense of life are very similar,” Cummins was quoted as saying sydney morning herald.
“You have to be aware of that. From a few years ago, it became clear that the world wanted all cricket teams, especially Australia, to bring it down a bit. I have always encouraged all of our players to be themselves. They Don’t have to try to impress anyone or sled just because they might have done it in the past. Be themselves.”
Cummins said he was very proud of the team’s actions.
“The first test went very well without a doubt, it (sled) was something to watch… You are in this field dominated by your actions. If I need to pull someone up (pull the sled), I will, But everyone here is an adult.
“They heard it loud and clear from the outside world and from the Australian cricket fans. I’m not going to take all the credit, the boys themselves are great.”
Cummins said the test format itself is what motivates players to be at their best in every way. “For almost all cricketers who grew up in Australia, this is their preferred form. What a cricket test means in Australia. This is where history is made,” he said.
“12 months into the Ashes series, you run into people on the street and they already say they can’t wait for Ashes. It brings everyone together and gives us the opportunity to leave our own legacy in the game .”
He is enjoying the challenge of being Australia’s Test captain and doesn’t mind if the bowlers continue to lead.
“I always thought that a bowler could be a captain. I’m not sure if that was the start of a trend, but why not? My experience as a bowler was great when I was on the field talking to other bowlers, trying to change the bowling and setting up the field. Valuable. I feel like I can learn a lot from my own experience. There’s no reason why more bowling captains can’t keep going.”