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SYDNEY: Pat Cummins emerged because the frontrunner on Saturday to take over from disgraced former Australia Take a look at skipper Tim Paine, with the likes of Mark Taylor, Dennis Lillie and Steve Waugh all singing his praises.
The 28-year-old, who has served as vice-captain in each Take a look at and white-ball codecs since 2019, is broadly seen as in a two-way race with Steve Smith to imagine the reins after Paine’s shock departure on Friday over a sexting scandal.
The bombshell transfer got here simply weeks earlier than the blockbuster Ashes sequence towards arch-rivals England, with selectors anticipated to behave shortly to anoint a successor.
Paine stepped down after a sequence of allegedly sexually graphic textual content message exchanges with a Cricket Tasmania worker in 2017 got here to mild, regardless of being cleared by cricket authorities of any offence on the time.
Smith, who was stripped of the captain’s armband and banned for a yr after a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in 2018 which culminated with Paine taking on, has assist to finish a outstanding profession revival.

However Cummins seems to be the inheritor obvious, with Smith tipped to be his deputy.
If appointed, Cummins will grow to be the primary specialist quick bowler to captain the facet since Ray Lindwall did so for a single Take a look at in 1956.
Former captain and Cricket Australia board director Mark Taylor mentioned he anticipated the governing physique would make a clear break with the previous given the circumstances during which Paine stop.
“I feel CA will most likely wish to go for somebody recent and clear. The timing will make it a extra comfy resolution for CA to make Pat the captain. Will probably be laborious to return after one other controversy to Steve,” he informed the Sydney Morning Herald Saturday.
“I do know Pat very properly, he is a terrific fella,” he added. “I feel it’s more durable for a fast bowler to be captain, however when it comes to management he can be superb as a result of he is a very good, stable human being.”

Quick bowling nice Lillie can be a giant fan, having mentored Cummins in recent times.
“He is an clever man however greater than that, he is received actual cricket smarts,” he informed cricket.com.au earlier than Paine’s announcement.
Regardless of Australia by no means earlier than opting for a quick bowler as everlasting captain, Lillie does not see an issue, pointing to different groups efficiently taking place this route.
“There’s been quick bowlers who’ve captained. Imran Khan (Pakistan), Bob Willis (England) …they’re fashionable cricketers which have confirmed actually strongly {that a} quick bowler definitely can captain the facet.”
Fellow Australia legend Waugh additionally has religion in Cummins, however mentioned he would want to lean on his deputy, significantly whereas bowling.
“I’ve all the time thought that if he is bowling the vice-captain might set the sphere to present him a psychological break,” Waugh mentioned. “He has good acumen, the respect of the gamers and he is able to go.”

Whereas Cummins and Smith are on the forefront, Josh Hazlewood and Travis Head — who’re each within the Ashes squad — have additionally been vice-captain at varied levels.
Paine has solely stood down as skipper and insisted in his tearful press convention that he nonetheless desires to maintain wicket towards England, however that seems unsure.
“I might say it will be powerful for him to carry his spot within the workforce now,” former nationwide selector and Take a look at star Mark Waugh informed business radio station 2GB.
“He is 36 years of age, he is getting back from harm, and he is received this scandal hanging over his head … there’s a whole lot of issues towards Tim Paine now.”
If Paine is lower free, Alex Carey or Josh Inglis might take the gloves for the opening Take a look at in Brisbane on December 8.

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