Fast bowler Pat Cummins is new Australia cricket captain
Cummins, who had been vice captain, replaces Tim Paine, who resigned last week over a sex-texting scandal four years ago.The last fast bowler to lead Australia at test level was Ray Lindwall for a single match in 1956, and only as a stand-in.
Pat Cummins has been named the first fast bowler to captain Australia's Test cricket team on a fulltime basis and former skipper Steve Smith returns from leadership wilderness to become the team's vice captain.
''I am honoured to accept this role ahead of what will be a massive Ashes summer,'' Cummins said in a statement. ''I hope I can provide the same leadership Tim (Paine) has given the group in the past few years.'' The first of five Ashes Tests against England begins on December 8 in Brisbane.
''Pat is an outstanding player and leader,'' Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley said. ''He has earned enormous respect from his teammates and from all corners of the game for his attitude and achievements, both on and off the field.'' AP SSC SSC
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