Cummins named Australia's new Test captain, Paine takes break

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Fri, 26/11/2021
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Pat Cummins has been confirmed as Australia' 47th male Test captain, with Steven Smith his deputy. Cummins became the first pace bowler to be a full-time captain of Australia Men, and the first bowler to captain the side since Richie Benaud.

Cummins’ appointment came after Tim Paine resigned from the Test captaincy last week following revelations of a sexting incident, happened in 2017. selectors George Bailey and Tony Dodemaide, along with CA Board member Mel Jones, interim chair Richard Freudenstein and CEO Nick Hockley decided to appoint Cummins.

Cummins, the No.1 ranked Test bowler in the world, called it an ‘unexpected’ honour ahead of the Ashes, starting 8 December at the Gabba: ‘This is an unexpected privilege which I am very grateful for and am very much looking forward to. With Steve and I as captains, a number of very senior players in this squad and some great young talent coming through we are a strong and tightly knit group.’

Smith was barred from holding any leadership role in Australian cricket for two years following the Cape Town ball-tampering saga in 2017/18. David Warner, his deputy then, was handed a lifetime ban from any leadership following the scandal.

Paine, on the other hand, will miss the Ashes after being advised to take an immediate break from all cricket ‘for the foreseeable future’.