Pat Cummins unveiled as Australia’s 47th Test Captain

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.


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.


Pat Cummins says he’s excited to take on the role.

“I think there are a couple more unknowns about having a bowling captain.

“I think from the outset I was absolutely determined, if I was captain, to have someone like Steve as vice-captain next to me.

“I think we are so well planned these days with not only the players we have around us, but the staff, I feel like I have quite a lot of experience to draw, and I think a lot of the problems or potential issues of being a fast bowling captain, hopefully, I am sure we can work through them.

“Feeling overall excitement as opposed to being too nervous about what might happen,” Cummins said in a press conference on Friday afternoon.

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.

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