IPL lessons on leadership to help Cummins

IPL lessons on leadership to help Cummins

Pat Cummins enjoyed picking the brains of fellow leaders during his Indian Premier League stint but the superstar paceman remains coy about the prospect of leading Australia’s Test side.

Cummins and Travis Head both served as vice-captains during the previous summer.

Selectors have opted to stick with Cummins as Tim Paine’s sole understudy throughout Australia’s four-Test series against India, meaning he is now one injury away from donning the blazer.

“Haven’t really (thought about that). Maybe once I get into Test camp I’ll get my head around it a bit more,” Cummins said.

“But I still see my job as helping Painey out in that Test side as much as I can.

“Being vice-captain for the last 18 months or so, of course you think about the game a bit more when you’re out there.

“Just trying to make sure I’m always trying to learn what it takes to be a captain in case it ever comes up.”

Cummins is quarantining in Sydney, having departed Dubai last week alongside India’s squad and other Australian IPL players.

The 27-year-old played under the captaincy of England skipper Eoin Morgan at Kolkata Knight Riders, while he was coached by former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.

“Just about everyone you come across, whether it’s ex-players or some of the really good players you’re lucky to play with in the IPL, have been part of really good sides and had some leadership roles,” Cummins said.

“Everyone has their own style and the way they go about it.

“So it’s great to hear what has worked for them … most of the problems and opportunities are all the same, just maybe in a slightly different setting.”

Cummins has long been touted as Australia’s next captain in all formats by Michael Clarke.

The common counter-argument cited to his potential elevation relates to doubts as to whether a fast bowler could juggle the added tactical responsibility during long days in the field.

“I haven’t had too much experience,” Cummins said.

“I can’t say it’s easy or it’s really hard.

“But until you actually have a crack at it you might not know.”

Australia’s ODI series against India starts on 27 November.

© AAP