“At this stage, probably yes,” Hazlewood mentioned if this transfer now made him first-choice behind Cummins. “It’s hard to say, I’m a fast bowler, and I’ll probably be missing games here and there as well.
“We’ve clearly bought [Steven] Smith, who was vice-captain tonight, and down the chain, there’s one other couple within the management group. So there’s loads of choices there and I felt even out within the center there have been quite a few senior gamers I might speak to and get their opinions.”
At the toss, Hazlewood had spoken of a “wider management group”, with Cummins himself saying when he took the job that he believed a broader collection of captains could work in ODIs in the lead-up to next year’s World Cup in India.
“Test cricket is a special story,” Hazlewood said after the match. “There’s one captain and it is his workforce, whereas the one-dayers and T20s you’ve got typically bought a special wanting group and a special wanting senior group. I believe it is a good mannequin, and I believe it is working to this point.”
Hazlewood admitted to taking a little while to settle in the field – his first two overs conceded 21 – and reckoned he would have to go back to school cricket for his last time captaining a side.
“It was fairly thrilling to start with and a bit bit nerve-wracking,” he said. “But as soon as we bought right into a stride on the sphere, it was good enjoyable. I definitely loved it, and it was a little bit of a problem there whereas that partnership was going after which we bought a few wickets and that set the sport up.
“I was thinking about everyone else’s bowling rather than my own at the start but got into a groove there. And then everything seemed to flow pretty well. But all in all, you leave it up to the bowlers. They know the delivery they want to bowl and they own their field and they own their result as well. So there weren’t any times I had to step in at all or argue, so it was smooth sailing.”
“I don’t expect Pat to play every one-day game in the lead up to the World Cup,” choice chair George Bailey had mentioned when Cummins was introduced ODI captain. “We’ve got a number of players within the group who can assume the leadership should they need to. So I expect we might see two or three guys taking the leadership at some stage.
“We are transferring away from this idea of a captain taking on and their management being all encompassing. It’s very a lot a collaboration at occasions.”
However, the way forward for Australia’s T20I captaincy stays up within the air. Finch has mentioned he will not decide on his profession till after the BBL, however he isn’t anticipated to proceed via the 2024 World Cup within the West Indies and the USA.