Pat Cummins captain: The top-ranked fast bowler in Test cricket has been named as Australia’s 47th Test captain.
Fast bowler Pat Cummins has been named as Australia’s 47th Test captain. With former captain Tim Paine resigning from the role last week in the wake of a sexting scandal, Cricket Australia were in a race against time to appoint a new captain ahead of the first Ashes 2021-22 Test in Brisbane.
Cummins, who was Australia’s vice-captain across formats until today, has become their first-ever full-time fast-bowling captain in more than half-a-century.
Pat Cummins age
Cummins, 28, has minimal captaincy experience in competitive cricket. Having said that, he still was being touted as an apt candidate to replace Paine with appreciations coming from many current and former Australia cricketers including the most recently retired James Pattinson.
Pat Cummins captain
Cummins, who had interviewed in front of a five-member panel comprising of George Bailey, Tony Dodemaide, Mel Jones, Richard Freudenstein and Nick Hockley, considers it to be an “honour” and “unexpected privilege” to lead Australia in Test cricket.
“I am honoured to accept this role ahead of what will be a massive Ashes summer. I hope I can provide the same leadership Tim [Paine] has given the group in the past few years.
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) November 26, 2021
“With Steve [Steven Smith] 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. This is an unexpected privilege which I am very grateful for and am very much looking forward to,” Cummins said in a statement according to cricket.com.au.
Steve Smith news
Australia batter Steven Smith, who has led them in 93 international matches across formats including 34 Tests between 2014-18, has been named as Cummins’ deputy in the Test team. Having earlier played a similar role under former captain Michael Clarke, Smith having been there and done that in international cricket should come in handy for Australia.
“I am pleased to return to the leadership of the team and look forward to helping and assisting Pat in any way I can. Pat and I have played together for a long time, so we know our respective styles well.
“We are also great friends, as is the whole group. As a team, we want to play good, positive cricket and also really enjoy each other’s company. There are exciting times ahead as we focus on the Ashes and beyond,” Smith said in a statement.