Pat Cummins was appointed as Australia’s Test captain© AFP
“Unexpected” and “honoured” have been the hanging phrases in Pat Cummins’ assertion after being named as Australia’s forty seventh Test captain forward of the Ashes. And he has strong causes to utter these phrases. Captaining a Test aspect and particularly an Australian one is definite to be an honour for any cricketer however why Cummins referred his appointment as an surprising one was maybe as a result of he’s the first-ever quick bowler in Australian cricket’s 144-year historical past to steer a Test aspect as full-time captain. Australia had performed their maiden Test match manner again in 1877. Cummins changed Tim Paine, who resigned from the put up, because the Test captain and can lead the Australian aspect within the first Ashes Test in opposition to England beginning on December 8.
Ray Lindwall did toss the coin within the second Test of the 1956 India tour however he was solely a stand-in captain after common skipper Ian Johnson and his deputy Keith Miller have been sidelined resulting from accidents.
Cummins additionally grew to become the primary bowler of any type after the legendary leg-spinner Richie Benaud to captain Australia. All of Australia’s final 18 captains have been batters, wicketkeepers and designated all-rounders batting within the prime seven.
“I am honoured to accept this role ahead of what will be a massive Ashes summer,” Cummins stated in an announcement. “This is an unexpected privilege which I am very grateful for and am very much looking forward to.”
Cummins could have former Australia skipper Steve Smith as his deputy. The right-handed batter returned to the management group for the primary time after the ‘sandpapergate’ in South Africa in 2018.
“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,” Cummins added.
The No.1-ranked bowler’s first activity can be to ensure the controversial occasions involving Paine does not influence the workforce after they take the sector.
Hours earlier than Cummins’ appointment, Paine introduced that he can be taking a break from all types of cricket. The wicketkeeper-batter had stop as Test captain every week in the past over the general public revelation of an alternate of allegedly sexually graphic textual content messages with a feminine colleague in 2017.
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