Star pacer Pat Cummins has been named as new Test captain of the Australia National Cricket Team and he is the 47th Aussie to get the privilege to lead the team in the purest format of the game.
Cummins is also the first pacer to lead the Australians in Test cricket in the last 65 years. Other than Cummins, Ray Lindwall’s is the pacer who has led Australia’s Test team in just one game in 1956.
Also, former Australian captain, Steve Smith has been appointed as the new Test vice-captain of the team and he alongside Pat Cummins will be leading the team in the marquee Ashes 2021-22 series which will begin from December 8 at the iconic Gabba, Brisbane.
I Am Honoured To Accept This Role – Pat Cummins
Newly appointed Test skipper Pat Cummins has said that he is honoured to accept the captain’s role just ahead of the Ashes series. He said:
“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.”
Cummins also said that they have a very good balance of experience and young talents in the team and he is very grateful to become the skipper. He said:
“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. This is an unexpected privilege which I am very grateful for and am very much looking forward to.”
Meanwhile, former Australian Test captain Tim Paine who stepped down from his role following the sexting scandal has decided to take an “indefinite mental health break” from cricket.
“Confirming that @tdpaine36 is stepping away from cricket for an indefinite mental health break,” Paine’s manager James Henderson wrote in a social media post.
“We are extremely concerned for his and (wife) Bonnie’s well-being and will be making no further comment at this time,” he added.
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