Australia’s campaign in the T20 World Cup has ended in disappointment after the defending champions failed to make it out from the Super 12 stage of the competition. Now, former Australian captain Ricky Ponting expects a change in leadership too, naming Glenn Maxwell as the ‘logical’ choice to take over the rein as well.
The defending champions were knocked out of the tournament after England beat Sri Lanka to seal their semi-final spot as well. The Australian team, who had a poor show had themselves to blame for that only as well. And, Ricky Ponting suggested that the management will need to look forward to the future where the skipper Aaron Finch’s future is uncertain in the T20I setup as well.
“He’s obviously done a fair bit in IPL and in BBL. I think that’s probably the logical one. I couldn’t see Pat Cummins wanting to take it on. I was a little bit surprised he took the one-day stuff on, to be honest as well just with workload and stuff and how many games he potentially misses, so maybe you look to Maxy. I saw Mitchell Marsh last week had taken his name out. He said he wanted to play and not have to worry about it. I think in the current group, it probably would be Maxy,” Ricky Ponting was quoted by Fox Sports.
Meanwhile, Ponting’s teammate and former Australian pace bowler Stuart Clark put forward Cameron Green’s name for the captaincy role. Although he said that the board should look forward to long-term plans as well.
“There’s no one young in that team. Other than Cameron Green everyone else is over the age of 29. It’s not an easy fix to click your fingers and make it all simple. I think there’s a little bit of soul searching for Cricket Australia in that format. Maybe Cameron Green is the man,” Clark said on BBC’s Test Match Special.