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Pat Cummins named Australia Test skipper, becomes first pacer to lead country

By BetBarter Staff

November 26, 2021

Cricket Australia (CA) have named Pat Cummins as the captain for the Test team. The pacer will thus become the first fast bowler to lead his country in 144-year old cricketing history. ‘Unexpected; and ‘honored’ were the words used by Cummins in a statement after getting the prestigious opportunity to lead the Test team. Australia are not known to give the captaincy to fast bowlers but considering the success he has had over the last three years, CA felt it is the right time to hand over the reins to the 28-year-old pacer.

Cummins will replace Tim Paine, who had earlier announced his decision to step down from the role following a sexting controversy. Cummins also became the first bowler after Richie Benaud in 1964 to lead Australia. Meanwhile, following the scandal, Tim Paine had taken an immediate break from all forms of cricket and won't be available for selection for the Ashes series.

"I am honored 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."

Steve Smith has been announced the vice-captain of the team. The former Australian captain returns to leadership after the sandpaper saga in 2018. Cummins believes Smith's experience will come in handy. "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.

The first Ashes Test match is due to start on December 8 at Gabba in Brisbane.