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at Cummins has been named Australia’s new test captain with Steve Smith as vice captain for the upcoming Ashes series.

Cummins had been clearly the frontrunner to replace Tim Paine since he stepped down earlier this month after sending sexually explicit messages to a colleague in 2017.

On being named captain, Cummins is the first fast bowler to lead Australia since 1956, with Ray Lindwall having previously played the role.

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

“It is an unexpected privilege for which I am very grateful and look forward to. “

Cummins admitted he was “not too comfortable” about being put on a pedestal by the Australian public as the new international test captain.

He said: “I think it probably really hit the house the last few days seeing Tim. I think a lot of the pressure and responsibility to be perfect is unreasonable. I think that’s too much to ask of anyone. You must have permission to grow.

Smith had previously been stripped of his captain’s job over the 2018 ball tampering scandal, after which Paine took over the role.

After being named vice-captain, Smith said, “I am delighted to take over the leadership of the team and look forward to helping and assisting Pat in any way I can. Pat and I have been playing together for a long time, so we know each other well. These are exciting times to come as we focus on the Ashes and beyond. “


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