Pat Cummins has officially been named Australia’s 47th Test captain today, on a historic day for the sport.
The 26-year-old was widely tipped to be given the nod, following the exit of Tim Paine over a sexting scandal.
Officials made the decision last night before today’s announcement.
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It’s the first time a fast bowler has held captaincy since 1956 when Ray Lindwall did it.
Former Captain Steve Smith returns to leadership as the Deputy.
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) November 26, 2021
Pat Cummins says he’s excited to take on the role.
The news comes just hours after Tim Paine announced a leave of absence from all forms of cricket, meaning he won’t be a part of the Ashes squad at all.