Pat Cummins has been appointed as Australia’s 47th Test captain while Steve Smith has been named his deputy ahead of the Ashes, scheduled to start on December 8 in Brisbane. Cummins will be the first pacer to captain Australia full time and also the first bowler since Richie Benaud to lead the country. Cummins, who has been the vice-captain of Australia for nearly two years, is set to take over the leadership duties a week after Tim Paine decided to resign as Test captain following a sexting scandal.
I feel incredibly honored, privileged and excited to be named the Australian Mens Test Captain.
I’ll be trying my best and can’t wait to get started at the Gabba in a couple of weeks!
— Pat Cummins (@patcummins30) November 26, 2021