Cricket: Ellyse Perry not keen on replacing absent captain Meg Lanning just yet

Ellyse Perry has all but ruled herself out of the Australian captaincy as regular skipper Meg Lanning continues to take time away from the game.

Lanning led the national team to gold at the Commonwealth Games in August but then stepped away from cricket so she could focus on herself after a hectic career in all formats.

It leaves a potential leadership void, with vice-captain Rachael Haynes retiring from the sport after a decorated career with the bat.

Perry and wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy loom as the likely options to take over if Lanning doesn’t return for Australia’s next series, but the star batter says that’s unlikely.

“At this point in time I’d feel really uncomfortable considering I personally know Meg. There are bigger things at play,” Perry said.

“Whoever steps into that role if Meg isn’t back for our next series (will do a good job). We’ve got some wonderful young leaders coming through and some experienced leaders too. Our thoughts first and foremost are with Meg.”

It’s not just the women’s team looking for a new skipper, with the men’s side searching for a new captain to replace Aaron Finch after he retired from the 50-over format.

Test skipper Pat Cummins has been reluctant in the past to lead the side in all three formats given the added burden of responsibility on his already hectic workload as a fast bowler.

Cummins, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell are the logical candidates, while there have been loud calls for David Warner to be given another chance after the sandpaper scandal in South Africa.

“For any of the players, especially the bowlers, playing every single game for Australia is really tough because the schedule is too busy,” Cummins said at Friday’s NRMA partnership launch with Cricket Australia.

“If called upon and needed, and if we were able to work through a couple of those workload issues, then it’d be an amazing job.”

Cummins was also asked about the incredible rise of all-rounder Cameron Green and whether the youngster risked being burnt out after an eye-catching performance in India.

Green shifted to the top of the order and blasted a couple of half-centuries to enhance his reputation as one of the brightest prospects in world cricket.

The 23-year-old isn’t part of Australia’s 15-man squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup but is tipped to be a superstar of all three formats for the next decade.

That means international franchises will offer him ludicrous amounts of money that will add more work to his already loaded schedule.

Cummins struggled with injuries in the early stages of his career and says workload management is something they’ll have to start considering after Green’s stunning performances in India.

“You can’t really blame anyone for going in. He’s going to have huge demand wherever he plays,” Cummins said.

“We’re starting to not get surprised (with his performances).

“Whenever he takes another step up, he just looks at home straight away. For a new role to open the batting the way he did with such bravery, that’s what we want to see. He’s fantastic. It’s a hard squad to get into at the moment, so he’s done really well.

“The past couple of summers, every time he bowls, my first thought is we don’t want to burn him.

“He’s young and I’ve been on that side, so it’s been a huge win from the medical side to have him playing as much cricket as he has over the past couple of years.

“Now he’s in and around three formats, it becomes even more important.

“Even when he goes back to WA, we’ve got to manage that, particularly with 15 Test matches in the next six months plus World Cups.”

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