Hogg names his captaincy choice for Australia’s future limited-overs and Test team
Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg reckons Alex Carey could tale over the captaincy role from Aaron Finch once the latter resigns as Australia’s white-ball captain. Although there is no pressure on Finch’s leadership, his bad form in white-ball cricket has been a real point of concern over the past few months.
With Finch passed his prime and is set to turn 35 this year, many reckon Australia should start contemplating Finch’s successor. Meanwhile, Hogg spoke about Australia’s white-ball captaincy in an exclusive interview with Times Now.
During the interview, he backed Finch to continue to lead the team until the T20 World Cup. But the former Aussie spinner feels Alex Carey may soon replace Finch after the ICC marquee event.
“We’re still in the protocols of COVID-19 pandemic wherever we go to play so I would prefer two different skippers in limited-overs and Test cricket. I think Australia have enough squad depth to make two sides. I love to see Aaron Finch as a white-ball captain although he is under pressure with his batting form.
He should definitely remain captain till T20 World Cup later this year. After that, Alex Carey might take the role as many see him as a promising leader,” said Brad Hogg.
The Australian team management is confident that Alex Carey can lead the team in the right direction and even several members of the cricketing globe feel the same. Carey is a wicketkeeper-batsman and also possesses captaincy experience under his sleeve.
He also led Australia A and Adelaide Strikers in the past. The 29-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman plied his trade as Australia’s joint vice-captain in limited-overs cricket alongside Pat Cummins for over two years.
Meanwhile, Hogg backed Cummins for the Test captaincy role. With Tim Paine hinting at retirement plans, Australia’s next Test captaincy spot has become a subject of discussion.
“I think Australia’s most deserving candidate for the captaincy both off and on the field is Pat Cummins. I think he is a fantastic role model and a brilliant cricketer. I think he is just perfect for the role like he does for New South Wales.
The only issue I have is that the fast bowlers do have a lot more work compared to others. Pat may have to sacrifice playing other domestic leagues such as the IPL to make sure he is going to play the majority of the games in National colours. Smith might have a fantastic cricket brain but I don’t think the Australian public are still ready to see him as a leader,” Brad Hogg concluded.
The world-class bowler Cummins will next be seen on the field when Aussies fly to West Indies for a white-ball series against the West Indies in July.