Coach Andrew McDonald has dismissed the notion of Pat Cummins stepping down from the Australian captaincy after the Ashes tour. 

Despite facing criticism for tactics and team performance in the ongoing series against England, Cummins remains committed to his leadership role. Former teammate Darren Berry’s recent assertions about Cummins quitting the captaincy after the fifth Test have been quickly dispelled by the coach. 

McDonald didn’t hold back in responding to Darren Berry’s comments, describing them as “far-fetched” and standing firmly in support of Pat Cummins. 

With the fifth Test at the Oval on the horizon, McDonald addressed the issue, saying, “I was across those comments from Darren. They were most interesting.” While acknowledging the importance of tactics, McDonald emphasized that leadership encompasses various aspects. He added, “To go as far as suggesting that the captain resign post-series I think is a bit far-fetched. There are opinions that we respect and opinions that we don’t.”

Despite his previous brilliance, Pat Cummins encountered a tough phase in the five consecutive Tests since the World Test Championship, especially at Old Trafford. With an expensive economy rate of 1/129 from 23 overs, the captain endured difficulties, including a missed catch, an anticipated direction error, and a meager one-run contribution with the bat, ending up dismissed on the first ball of the second day.

Cummins assured that captaincy has not impacted his performance. Australia’s record under his leadership includes 11 wins and four losses, with victories in the World Test Championship, a home Ashes series, and retaining the Ashes with one Test still to be played on the current tour.

Last Updated on July 25, 2023

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