David Warner leadership ban, captaincy, Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins, press conference


Test captain Pat Cummins has approved the prospect of David Warner taking on a joint role as one-day international skipper if Cricket Australia lifts his lifetime leadership ban.

Warner was hit with a 12-month playing ban and lifetime ban from holding any managerial position in Australian cricket following the 2018 sandpaper scandal in South Africa.

But Aaron Finch’s one-day retirement shed light on Warner’s ban on directing.

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Warner, a former Test and ODI vice-captain, could be set for a sensational return to management after the Cricket Australia board asked the integrity manager to change the integrity code.

“The amendment would allow a person to request that a penalty they have accepted be reviewed after an appropriate period of time,” a statement from Cricket Australia read.

Cummins backed the possibility of Warner’s ban being lifted when asked on Sunday.

“There are a few barriers at the moment, but if they were removed there would be no qualms on the part of players or coaches,” Cummins said.

“Playing every game is unrealistic.

“It would be really transparent if you had a committee.

“The style of almost everyone in the team is really similar.

“We have great leaders in the team, we all get along very well.”

As Finch retired from ODI cricket in September, Warner’s first batting partner has entered the T20 World Cup and could continue in shorter form beyond the tournament.

One or more new captains will lead Australia at the 2023 ODI World Cup in India.

The tournament in India, a place Warner has loved through his Indian Premier League commitments and tours of Australia, will likely be the 50-year-old southpaw’s last World Cup campaign.

“He would be awesome (captain),” Cummins said of Warner.

“He’s a leader in our group. He always has been, he always will be.

“He’s someone on the Test side that I rely on a lot.

“If things change, I’m sure that would be someone you would strongly consider stepping in if necessary.”

Warner told News Corp reporters in September that he wanted to regain leadership.

Warner wants to lead Australia

“Every chance you’re asked to be captain is a privilege,” said the veteran.

“For my situation, it’s in the hands of Cricket Australia. I can only focus on what I have to do, and that’s use the bat and try to score as many runs as possible.

“My phone is here (if Cricket Australia wants to offer a leadership role).

“What’s done is done in the past.

“The good thing is that a new board has arrived.

“I’m always happy to sit down and chat, and talk about whatever they need to talk about.

“I’m just happy, enjoying my cricket and doing my best for the team.”

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