Melbourne, PTI. Shane Warne, one of the world’s greatest spinners of all time, has backed Pat Cummins for Australia’s next Test captain. Warne said that this is the right time for the fast bowler to take over the captaincy. Tim Paine on Friday resigned as captain of Australia’s men’s Test team after being investigated by Cricket Australia (CA) for sending obscene messages to a female colleague in 2017.

Former Kangaroo spinner Shane Warne feels Pat Cummins, who is currently the vice-captain of the Test team, should be made the captain just before the Ashes series. Warne wrote in Australia’s The Daily Telegraph, “I think the time is right for Pat Cummins to be made captain, which I thought before the events of Friday came to the fore.” Warne has also told which wicketkeeper should get a chance in place of Tim Paine.

Shane Warne said Jose Inglis is a ‘360 degree player’ and would be the right player for the wicketkeeping job. He wrote, “Inglis gets my vote. He has his hands right behind the stumps, he is 360 degree player with the bat and has also scored three first-class hundreds last season for Western Australia. He is a great team man. The one I saw for the first time in the London spirit this year. He’s 26. Bring him in.”

Regarding Tim Paine’s sexting scandal, Warne said, “It was sad to see what happened last Friday at so many levels and under what circumstances Tim Paine was forced to step down as captain. I really feel for him. What is he doing and what is his family going through. Sportsmen are also human beings and they make mistakes.” The Ashes series starts in Brisbane from 8th December.

Edited By: Vikash Gaur