Cummins certainly has had a dream start to his captaincy career. Captains from Australia & England dream of having Ashes in their CV, a feat which Cummins has already achieved in his first assignment itself. The fast bowler looked lethal with his bowling and captaincy in the matches that he played.
But going by former pacer Mitchell Johnson’s opinion, Cummins has failed miserably in his first big test. The ongoing saga between Langer and Cricket Australia ended yesterday when Langer ultimately decided to hang up his boots when he was offered a short-term deal of nearly 6 months so that the Australian think tank could smoothen the transition time to a new coaching group.
“Cummins might have delivered with the ball during the Ashes series, but he has failed his first big test as captain pretty miserably.” wrote Mitchell Johnson in his column for West Australian newspaper.
Langer played 105 test matches for Australia and was heavily sought to restore pride and prestige to Australian cricket after the famous sandpaper scandal in 2018 when Australia received a major booing from all corners of the cricketing fraternity.
Cummins called Cummins “Gutless” for not being upfront about his liking or disliking for the coach.
“His recent interviews have been gutless by not respecting his coach when he could have been upfront from the start,” Johnson wrote in his column.
Langer reportedly refused the short-term extension deal of 6 months and chose to take the honor road of exiting on a high after the T20 World Cup and Ashes win. It would now be interesting to see who the CA appoints as full-time head coach when it all appeared that Langer was the only best possible candidate for the role.