Pat Cummins confirmed as the new Australian test captain for men, replacing Tim Paine

Pat Cummins will lead Australia in the upcoming Ashes series with England, after being named the 47th captain of Australia’s men’s cricket team to replace Tim Paine.

Former skipper Steve Smith, who was ruled out of leadership roles for two years due to the 2018 South Africa ball manipulation scandal, has been chosen as Cummins’ deputy.

“I am honored to accept this role ahead of what will be a massive Ashes summer,” Cummins said in a statement.

“I hope I can give the same leadership that Tim has given the group over the last 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 close-knit group.

“This is an unexpected privilege for which I am very grateful and very much looking forward to it.”

Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said Cummins is an “excellent player and leader”.

“He has gained tremendous respect from his teammates and from all corners of the game for his attitude and performance, both on and off the field,” Hockley said.

A bowler raises his arms to celebrate as the fired batsman turns to walk.
Australia’s new men Test captain Pat Cummins has taken 164 wickets in 34 Tests.(AP: Andy Brownbill)

“We are extremely fortunate to have an experienced group of senior players who are excellent leaders themselves. I have no doubt that Pat and Steve will be well supported in their respective leadership roles.”

Smith returns to the team’s formal leadership team for the first time since 2018, saying he looks forward to “helping and assisting Pat in any way I can”.

“Pat and I have been playing together for a long time, so we know our respective styles well,” Smith said.

“We are also good friends, just like the whole group. As a team, we want to play good, positive cricket and also really enjoy each other’s company.

“These are exciting times ahead as we focus on the ashes and beyond.”

The 28-year-old Cummins is the first fast bowler to captain Australia since Ray Lindwall led the team to a Test against India in Mumbai in 1956.

Cummins has played 34 Tests for Australia since 2011, taking 164 wickets averaging 21.59 and was Paine’s vice-captain until the Tasmanian’s departure last week.

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