Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has been appointed as the new Test skipper of the side. The development comes after Tim Paine stepped down from the position following his involvement in a sexting scandal. There were a few speculations that Cricket Australia might reappoint Steve Smith as skipper, the board has gone in with Cummins, who was also the designated vice-captain of the side. Speaking about Tim Paine, the wicketkeeper-batter has taken an indefinite break from all forms of cricket, which rules him out from the upcoming series against England
Pat Cummins will be Australia’s 47th Test skipper and the first fast bowler in the history of Australian cricket to lead the side. On being appointed as the skipper, Cummins said, “I am honoured to accept this role ahead of what will be a massive Ashes summer,” Cummins said in a statement. “This is an unexpected privilege which I am very grateful for and am very much looking forward to.”
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia have also named Steve Smith as the vice-captain of the side. Smith has returned to the leadership group for the first time in 3 years. The former skipper was stripped of his duties following his involvement in the ball-tampering saga in 2018.
“I hope I can provide the same leadership Tim (Paine) has given the group in the past few years. 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,” Cummins added.