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Pat Cummins appointed Australia Test captain, Steve Smith will be vice-captain

Pat Cummins appointed Australia Check captain, Steve Smith shall be vice-captain | Cricket Information

Pat Cummins has been confirmed as Australia’s forty seventh Check captain, with former skipper Steve Smith his deputy, as Australia’s Check staff breaks new floor forward of the Ashes 2021 subsequent month. After an interview course of with a five-person choice pane and ratification from the complete board of Cricket Australia, Cummins on Friday (November 26) turns into the primary quick bowler to be a full-time skipper of the Australian Check staff, and the primary bowler of any variety to captain the staff since Richie Benaud.
Earlier, former captain Tim Paine determined to take an indefinite ‘psychological well being break’ from worldwide cricket after the ‘sexting scandal’.
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 function forward of what is going to be an enormous Ashes summer season,” stated Cummins in a press release. “I hope I can present the identical management Tim (Paine) has given the group prior to now few years.
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“With Steve (Smith) and I as captains, quite a few 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 alternative to switch Paine and his appointment permits a fast 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 function after serving a 12-month ban and a two-year management suspension within the wake of the Newlands ball-tampering scandal in 2018.
Well-liked, telegenic and amiable in public, Cummins has taken over as Australia’s main paceman in current seasons and tops the ICC’s Check 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 function.
“I simply assume Pat Cummins has developed right into a extra integral a part of that staff and grown in his data of the sport and experiences he’s had,” former Australia wicketkeeper and captain Adam Gilchrist informed information company Reuters final week.
Cummins can have loads of assist to lean on within the staff, although Paine has taken an indefinite psychological well being break. Whereas he takes on the captaincy before deliberate, he has served one thing of an apprenticeship as New South Wales skipper within the home one-day competitors.
(with Reuters inputs)
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