Pat Cummins has been named Australia’s test captain© TBEN
“Unexpected” and “honored” were the hallmarks of Pat Cummins’ statement after being named Australia’s 47th test captain ahead of the Ashes. And he has good reason to say these words. Being the captain of a test team and in particular an Australian team will certainly be an honor for any cricketer, but the reason Cummins called his appointment unexpected was perhaps because he is the first. fast pitcher in Australian cricket history in 144 years leading a test. side as a full time captain. Australia played their first test match in 1877. Cummins replaced Tim Paine, who resigned his post, as test captain and will lead the Australian squad in the first Ashes Test against England from 8 December.
Ray Lindwall threw the coin in the second test of the 1956 Indian tour, but he was only a substitute captain after regular captain Ian Johnson and his deputy Keith Miller were sidelined with injuries .
Cummins also became the first bowler of any kind after legendary leg thrower Richie Benaud to captain Australia. All of Australia’s last 18 captains were designated hitters, wicket keepers and all-rounders, in the top seven.
“I am honored to take on this role ahead of what will be a huge Ashes summer,” Cummins said in a statement. “It is an unexpected privilege for which I am very grateful and look forward to.”
Cummins will have former Australian skipper Steve Smith as assistant. The right-handed hitter returned to the management squad for the first time after the ‘sandpapergate’ in South Africa in 2018.
“I hope I can provide the same leadership that Tim (Paine) has given the squad over the past few years. With Steve and I as captains, a number of very senior players on this squad and some great young talent coming in, we are a strong and tight-knit group, ”added Cummins.
The No. 1 ranked bowler’s first task will be to ensure that controversial events involving Paine do not affect the team when they enter the field.
Hours before Cummins’ appointment, Paine announced he would take a hiatus from all forms of cricket. The wicket keeper resigned as test captain a week ago following the public disclosure of an allegedly sexually graphic text message exchange with a colleague in 2017.
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