Australia have confirmed that Pat Cummins will replace Tim Paine as Test captain for the upcoming Ashes series, with Steve Smith set to serve as his deputy.
We are now just 12 days out from the start of the first Test at the Gabba but the Aussies finally know for certain who will be leading them after Paine stepped down earlier this month due to a scandal concerning illicit texts.
Cummins has now been confirmed as the 47th Test captain of Australia, while he is the first fast bowler to take the role full time and the first bowler to serve as skipper since Richie Benaud.
Smith, meanwhile, has been given a leadership role for the first time since he was sacked as captain back in 2018 after the ball-tampering/sandpaper scandal.
Mystifyingly, Cricket Australia handed David Warner a lifetime ban from leadership roles for his part in the same scandal but with Cummins likely to be rested at some point during the five-match series, Smith looks set to get another chance as captain during this winter’s Ashes despite his chequered past.
Additionally, it was announced this morning that Paine will miss the Ashes as he is set to take a leave of absence from cricket for his mental health.
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While we’ve enjoyed joking around with Tim ahead of the series, we wish him all the best and hope to see him back out there soon!
It looks as though the Aussies will choose between Alex Carey and Josh Inglis as his replacement.