Shane Warne tips ‘Poster boy’ Pat Cummins as Australia captain after Paine scandal


at Cummins has been named Australia’s new Test captain with Steve Smith returning to act as vice-captain for the upcoming Ashes series.

In being appointed as captain, Cummins is the first fast bowler to lead Australia since 1956, when Ray Lindwall carried out the role.

The 28-year-old said: “I hope I can provide the same leadership Tim has given the group in the past few years. With Steve and I, a number of very senior players in this squad and some great young talent coming through, we are a tightly knit group.

“This is an unexpected privilege which I am very grateful for and am very much looking forward to.”

He said: “I think that’s probably really hit home in the last few days seeing Tim. I think a lot of the pressure and the responsibility on being perfect is unreasonable. I think it’s too much to ask of anyone. You’ve got to have permission to grow.”

Smith had been previously stripped of the captaincy for the ball-tampering scandal back in 2018 after which Paine took over the role.

After being named vice-captain, Smith said: “I am pleased to return to the leadership of the team and look forward to helping and assisting Pat in any way I can. Pat and I have played together for a long time, so we know our respective styles well.

“These are exciting times ahead as we focus on the Ashes and beyond.”


By Malvi

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