Cummins named Australia test captain, Smith vice-captain

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MELBOURNE, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Fast bowler Pat Cummins was named the forty seventh captain of the Australia test 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 test towards India within the mid-Fifties. learn extra

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“I am honoured to accept this role ahead of what will be a massive Ashes summer,” stated Cummins in an announcement. “I hope I can provide the same leadership Tim (Paine) has given the group in the past few years.

“With Steve (Smith) and I as captains, quite a lot of very senior gamers on this squad, and a few nice younger expertise coming by way of, we’re a powerful and tightly knit group.”

As vice-captain, Cummins was the obvious choice to replace Paine and his appointment enables a rapid transition with the start of the Ashes series against England less than two weeks away.

Smith replaces Cummins as vice-captain, returning to a formal leadership role after serving a 12-month ban and a two-year leadership suspension in the wake of the Newlands ball-tampering scandal in 2018.

Popular, telegenic and amiable in public, Cummins has taken over as Australia’s leading paceman in recent seasons and tops the ICC’s test bowling rankings.

Even before Paine’s embarrassing resignation a procession of former players and pundits had endorsed Cummins as Australia’s captain-in-waiting, despite former skipper Smith’s hopes of returning to the role.

“I simply suppose Pat Cummins has developed right into a extra integral a part of that group and grown in his information of the sport and experiences he’s had,” former Australia wicketkeeper and captain Adam Gilchrist told Reuters last week. read more

Cummins will have plenty of support to lean on in the team, though Paine has taken an indefinite mental health break.

While he takes on the captaincy sooner than planned, he has served something of an apprenticeship as New South Wales skipper in the domestic one-day competition.

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Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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