Aussie legend calls for Pat Cummins to be DROPPED for poor performances just a week after furor over his demands that Cricket Australia drop power sponsorship: ‘NOT fun’
- Mark Waugh has called for Australian cricket captain Pat Cummins to be sacked
- Waugh thinks Cummins is the most obvious problem on the team.
- Cummins came under fire earlier in the week over title sponsor concerns
Mark Waugh has called for Australian cricket captain Pat Cummins to be dropped from the squad for Friday night’s T20 World Cup blockbuster against England, just days after he was criticized for hypocritical ‘ethical objections’ from main sponsor Alinta Energy.
After an embarrassing 89-run loss to New Zealand, the Aussies kept their campaign afloat with a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka at Perth Stadium on Tuesday night.
A heroic effort by Marcus Stoinis, who made 59 of 18 balls, helped Australia reach the goal of 158 runs, but the team’s less-than-impressive performance on the ball has Mark Waugh worried.
Mark Waugh has called for Australian cricket captain Pat Cummins (pictured at the SCG on Saturday night) to be dropped from the squad for Friday night’s T20 World Cup blockbuster against England.
Waugh (pictured) thinks Cummins is the most obvious problem on the team and should go
The former coach believes Cummins is the most obvious problem in the team and should be sacked after his recent performance on the ball, saying Australia “are so far off the pace it’s not funny”.
“There are players individually who just aren’t doing well,” Waugh told RSN Breakfast on Wednesday.
‘Pat Cummins with the ball, there’s a big question mark on him going into the next game. Aaron Finch’s entrances were torturous. It was really. I don’t think he can open the innings in the next game. If he’s going to play, he should hit somewhere in the order.
‘Mitch Marsh seems very frantic at the moment. There are many individual players who seem to have lost the plot.
‘It just doesn’t feel right. They are not a happy camp and seem to lack confidence. They are so nervous. I don’t know what the answer is.
“I think they need to make some changes for the next game. I’d bring in Cameron Green and I’d bring him in for Pat Cummins and let Cam Green lead the batting.
‘That’s a change I would definitely make. I know it leaves your bowling game a little short, but I think Cameron Green can bowl four overs as well as any of the other players at the moment,” Waugh said.
Days ago, Cummins was criticized for actions off the field when it was revealed that he had complained about title sponsor Alinta Energy. Fans turned against the patron who drives a fossil-fueled Range Rover and flies first class around the world, but he sees himself as a climate warrior.
Commentator Simon Doull also called for Cummins to be fired.
“I think Australia would be concerned,” he said.
I would be concerned about some of the bowling parts. I said the other night in the tune-up game, I personally feel like Pat Cummins shouldn’t play on this T20 team.
“I think Kane Richardson should be playing. I feel like he offers them some variations that they just don’t have. Is the same. It’s rhythm, rhythm, rhythm. Starc, (Josh) Hazlewood, Cummins, they don’t have a good change bowler.
Waugh says he would trade Cameron Green for beleaguered boss
Days ago, Cummins was criticized for actions off the field when it was revealed that he had complained about title sponsor Alinta Energy.
Despite the energy giant being the team’s biggest sponsor since 2018, Cummins declined to participate in future TV ads due to his climate record he raised with CEO Nick Hockley before it was announced that his deal sponsorship of 40 million dollars would only be renewed for one more year.
Fans turned against the patron who drives a fossil-fueled Range Rover and flies first class around the world, but sees himself as a climate warrior.