On Friday, Cricket Australia (CA) named speedster Pat Cummins as the following Check captain whereas senior batter Steve Smith was appointed his deputy.
After an interview course of with a five-person choice panel, Cummins was chosen to steer the Aussie aspect. With that, he grew to become the primary quick bowler to be a full-time captain of the Australian males’s Check workforce and the primary bowler of any form to steer the workforce since Richie Benaud.
Cummins’ appointment got here only a week after Tim Paine stepped down from Check captaincy following a texting scandal.
Cummins, the world’s No.1 ranked Check bowler, mentioned it was an ‘sudden’ honour, and he hoped to offer the identical management as Paine did throughout his time. Notably, Paine has taken an indefinite break from all types of the sport, citing psychological well being issues.
“I’m honoured to simply accept this position forward of what is going to be an enormous Ashes summer time. I hope I can present the identical management Tim (Paine) has given the group up to now few years,” mentioned Paine as quoted by Cricket.com.au.
“With Steve and I as captains, a lot of very senior gamers on this squad and a few nice younger expertise coming by, we’re a powerful and tightly-knit group. That is an sudden privilege which I’m very grateful for and am very a lot trying ahead to,” he added.
Smith, whose captaincy got here to an finish in 2018 attributable to a sandpaper incident, shared his response and mentioned he would look ahead to assist Cummins in any method he may.
“I’m happy to return to the management of the workforce and look ahead to serving to and aiding Pat in any method I can. Pat and I’ve performed collectively for a very long time, so we all know our respective types properly. We’re additionally nice pals, as is the entire group. As a workforce, we need to play good, optimistic cricket and likewise actually take pleasure in one another’s firm. They’re thrilling occasions forward as we deal with the Ashes and past,” mentioned Smith in a press release.