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Pat Cummins named Australia’s ODI captain

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Melbourbe: Test skipper Pat Cummins on Tuesday appointed Australia’s next ODI captain as Aaron Finch called time on his ODI career during recent home series against New Zealand.

Cummins will become Australia’s 27th ODI captain, with the right-arm quick to lead the country in 50-over cricket ahead of next year’s 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India.

The 29-year-old will become the first fast bowler to lead a men’s team in white-ball cricket, while he is the first bowler since the late Shane Warne filled in for 11 ODIs in the late nineties.

His first assignment as ODI skipper will three-match home series against England next month.

Cummins paid tribute to Finch and said he was looking forward to the opportunity to captain Australia in the one-day arena.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed playing under Finchy and have learnt an enormous amount from his leadership,” Cummins said.

“They are significant shoes to fill although we are extremely fortunate to have a one-day squad with a huge amount of experience.”

Cummins is currently a part of Australia’s 15-player squad taking part in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup on home soil, with Finch remaining on as captain at T20 level.

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