Pat Cummins has been named the next men’s Test captain of Australia. On Friday, Cricket Australia was also confirmed. After incumbent Tim Paine quit his leadership duties last week, the seat was left empty. And it comes after news of a 2017 sexting incident. Cummins was chosen following a five-person interview. In a selection panel and with formal approval from Cricket Australia’s complete board. He is also the first pacer to be named Australia’s full-time Test captain. The world’s number one fast bowler turned to Twitter to share his excitement.
“I feel incredibly honored, privileged, and excited to be named the Australian Men’s Test Captain. I’ll be trying my best and can’t wait to get started at the Gabba in a couple of weeks! Also very lucky to have my man @steve_smith49 alongside me as VC. #ashes,” Pat Cummins said.
Pat Cummins posted on Twitter
Pat Cummins’ deputy has been named Steve Smith. The talismanic run-leadership scorer’s responsibilities were taken away from him. After the infamous sandpaper gate incident in 2018, it’s time to move on. After completing a two-year suspension for his role in the ball-tampering scandal, Smith reunites the leadership group. Cummin also claimed that it was a surprise honor because it came only three weeks before the high-profile Ashes series.
“I am honored to accept this role ahead of what will be a massive Ashes summer,” Cummins said in a statement.
“Lastly, I hope I can provide the same leadership Tim has given the group in the past few years. Also, this is an unexpected privilege which I am very grateful for and am very much looking forward to,” Cummins added.