Pat Cummins named Australia Test captain, Steve Smith vice-captain | Cricket News

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MELBOURNE: Quick bowler Pat Cummins was named the forty seventh captain of the Australia Take a look at group on Friday rather than Tim Paine, who stood down from the place final week.
Paine resigned after revelations he had been investigated and cleared over sexually express textual content messages despatched to a feminine former colleague 4 years in the past.
Cummins, 28, turns into solely the second specialist quick bowler to take the captaincy after Ray Lindwall, who led for one Take a look at towards India within the mid-Nineteen Fifties.

“I’m honoured to just accept this position forward of what’s going to be an enormous Ashes summer season,” mentioned Cummins in an announcement. “I hope I can present the identical management Tim (Paine) has given the group prior to now few years.
“With Steve (Smith) and I as captains, a lot of very senior gamers on this squad, and a few nice younger expertise coming by, we’re a powerful and tightly knit group.”
As vice-captain, Cummins was the plain selection to interchange Paine and his appointment permits a speedy transition with the beginning of the Ashes collection towards England lower than two weeks away.
Smith replaces Cummins as vice-captain, returning to a proper management position after serving a 12-month ban and a two-year management suspension within the wake of the Newlands ball-tampering scandal in 2018.
Common, telegenic and amiable in public, Cummins has taken over as Australia’s main paceman in latest seasons and tops the ICC’s Take a look at bowling rankings.
Even earlier than Paine’s embarrassing resignation a procession of former gamers and pundits had endorsed Cummins as Australia’s captain-in-waiting, regardless of former skipper Smith’s hopes of returning to the position.
“I simply suppose Pat Cummins has developed right into a extra integral a part of that group and grown in his data of the sport and experiences he’s had,” former Australia wicketkeeper and captain Adam Gilchrist advised Reuters final week.
Cummins may have loads of help to lean on within the group, although Paine has taken an indefinite psychological well being break.
Whereas he takes on the captaincy prior to deliberate, he has served one thing of an apprenticeship as New South Wales skipper within the home one-day competitors.

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