Ashes 2021-22: Pat Cummins is named as new Australia Test Captain and Steve Smith as Vice-Captain.


Pat Cummins has been named as Australia’s Test Captain after Tim Paine resigned from the post, last week. Steve Smith is named as his deputy.

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Pat Cummins will be the first bowler in 65 years to lead Australia after captain Australia’s men’s Test side since Ray Lindwall served the role in one match in 1956. Medium-pace all-rounders Monty Noble and Jack Ryder captained the side in the early 1900s.

 “I am honoured to accept this role ahead of what will be a massive Ashes summer.  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.

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

Cummins, the No.1 bowler in the world on the MRF Tyres ICC Test bowling rankings, said.

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“Pat is an outstanding player and leader. 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,”

“We are extremely fortunate to have an experienced group of senior players who themselves are superb leaders. I have no doubt that Pat and Steve will be well supported in their respective leadership roles.”

Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley 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.

“We are also great friends, as is the whole group.  As a team, we want to play good, positive cricket and also really enjoy each other’s company. They are exciting times ahead as we focus on the Ashes and beyond.”

Steve Smith said.

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