New South Wales have confirmed Pat Cummins’ appointment as captain of their one-day team.
Cricket Australia has urged its state associations to give more leadership experience to potential future national captains.
Cummins, who served as Australia’s vice-captain throughout the summer, has long been earmarked as a potential contender to succeed Test skipper Tim Paine and white-ball captain Aaron Finch.
Cricket NSW has announced the express paceman, named man of the Test series after India’s triumph at the Gabba, will captain his state in the domestic one-day tournament.
Former Test wicketkeeper Peter Nevill will remain skipper of the Blues’ Sheffield Shield team.
The rejigged one-day schedule has been announced, with Cummins’ first game in charge to be on Monday against Victoria at North Sydney Oval.
“We have no doubt he’ll prove to be a fantastic leader and I know he will also be a great role model for all Blues players,” NSW coach Phil Jaques said.
“Captaining NSW in these matches is a really good opportunity for Pat to not only demonstrate how good a leader he is.
“But it’s a chance to show he also has the tactical nous to be a really good captain.”
Cummins will then sit out NSW’s Shield clash with Victoria at the SCG, which starts on Wednesday.
Fellow Test quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood are doing the opposite; skipping next week’s one-day game before playing the red-ball match.
Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon are playing both games for NSW.
David Warner will be notably absent from both clashes as the opener continues to recover from the groin injury he played with during the SCG and Gabba Tests.
NSW Blues Marsh One-Day Cup squad, Round 1 v. Victoria, North Sydney Oval, Monday 15 February
Pat CUMMINS (Captain)
NSW Blues Marsh Sheffield Shield squad, Round 4 v. Victoria, SCG, 17-20 February
Peter NEVILL (Captain)