Tim Paine had been confirmed as captain of Australia’s 15 squad last week before resigning the leadership position on November 19, admitting “a private text message exchange” with a former colleague at Cricket Tasmania; Cummins named captain after two years as vice-captain
Last update: 11/26/21 6:30 am
Pat Cummins has been confirmed as the man to lead Australia in the Ashes just hours after former test captain Tim Paine announced that he was absent from all forms of cricket following a sexting scandal.
Paine had been confirmed as captain of Australia’s 15-team last week before stepping down from the leadership position on November 19, admitting “a private text message exchange” with a former colleague at Cricket Tasmania.
Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Friday that Cummins, 28, would be promoted after a two-year career as vice captain, with 32-year-old former captain and hitter Steve Smith as his assistant.
I am incredibly honored, privileged and excited to be named the Australian Men’s Test Captain.
I’ll do my best and can’t wait to get started on Gabba in a couple of weeks!
– Pat Cummins (@ patcummins30) November 26, 2021
CA CEO Nick Hockley said in a statement that Cummins was an “outstanding player and leader.”
“He has earned tremendous respect from his teammates and from all corners of the game for his attitude and accomplishments, both on and off the field,” added Hockley.
“We are extremely fortunate to have an experienced group of senior players who are excellent leaders. I have no doubt that Pat and Steve will receive great support in their respective leadership roles.”
Cummins said: “I am honored to accept this role ahead of what will be a massive Ashes summer. I look forward to providing the same leadership that Tim (Paine) has given to the group in recent years.
“With Steve and I as captains, several high-level players on this team and some great young talents, we are a strong and close-knit group.
“This is an unexpected privilege for which I am very grateful and looking forward to it.”
Smith was re-eligible to fill a leadership or captain position for Australia again in March 2020 following the conclusion of a two-year ban triggered by the ball-handling scandal in South Africa.
One week after leaving the position of test captain, Paine announced Friday through a statement. from his state association he was taking “a leave of absence from all forms of cricket for the foreseeable future.”
In response, Hockley said CA recognized it was an “incredibly difficult time for Tim and his family and they are committed to supporting them.”
England will face Australia in the first round in Gabba from 8 December and the fifth and final round is scheduled for the Optus Stadium in Perth from 14 January.