Pat Cummins named Australia’s Test captain ahead of Ashes; Smith named vice-captain

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Cummins
is
the
first
fast
bowler
to
captain
Australia’s
men’s
Test
team
on
a
full-time
basis
after
Tim
Paine
sensationally
stood
down
last
week,
having
been
embroiled
in
a
sexting
scandal.

Paine
had
taken
over
as
Australia
skipper
from
Steve
Smith
in
the
wake
of
the
sandpaper
scandal
during
the
South
Africa
Test
tour
in
2018
but
he
is
now
set
to
miss
the
Ashes
altogether
after
taking
a
leave
of
absence
from
all
forms
of
cricket
for
the
foreseeable
future”.

The
top-ranked
bowler
in
Test
cricket,
Cummins
will
have
Smith
as
his
vice-captain
as
Australia
turn
their
attention
to
the
December
8
Ashes
opener
in
Brisbane.

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

“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.

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

Australia
star
Smith
returns
to
the
leadership
group
after
he
served
a
two-year
ban
from
holding
any
leadership
role
in
Australian
cricket
following
the
ball-tampering
saga
three
years
ago.

Smith
was
hit
with
a
12-month
suspension
for
his
role
in
the
scandal.

“I
am
pleased
to
return
to
the
leadership
of
the
team
and
look
forward
to
helping
and
assisting
Pat
in
any
way
I
can,”
Smith
said
in
a
statement
as
Australia
prepare
to
host
England,
starting
at
the
Gabba
next
month.

“Pat
and
I
have
played
together
for
a
long
time,
so
we
know
our
respective
styles
well.

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

“There
are
exciting
times
ahead
as
we
focus
on
the
Ashes
and
beyond.”

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