Pat Cummins has been named Australia’s 47th test captain following Tim Paine’s resignation from his post last week. Cummins becomes the first fast bowler to be a full-time captain of the Australian men’s team, with former captain Steve Smith serving as his assistant.
The decision was announced on Friday afternoon after an interview process with a five-person selection panel, which included coaches George Bailey and Tony Dodemaide, with Cricket Australia (CA) CEO Nick Hockley.
Speaking of role and responsibility, Cummins said it was an honor to be captain of Australia and that he hoped he could provide the same leadership as former captain Paine.
In a statement, Cummins said, “I am honored to take on this role ahead of what will be a huge summer for Ashes.
“I hope I can provide the same leadership that Tim (Paine) has given to the group in recent years.
“With Steve and I as captains, a number of very senior players on this team and some great young talents coming in, we are a strong and tight-knit group.
“It is an unexpected privilege for which I am very grateful and look forward to,” he added.
Smith, who was barred from a managerial position for a few years after the South African sandpaper controversy in 2018, became eligible for a captain position in April 2020. Cummins being Paine’s deputy in recent years, it was a natural progression for the 28-year-old to secure the job after Paine resigned over a sexting scandal.