Australia appoint Cummins as Test captain; Smith to deputise

    Pat Cummins (Photo credit: Australian Men's Cricket Team on Facebook)

    For the first time since 1956, a specialist fast bowler will captain the Australia men’s Test team.

    Pat Cummins has been confirmed as the Aussie red-ball team’s newest leader and he’s the first quick to do so since Ray Lindwall’s one-match stint in the 50s.

    He takes over from Tim Paine who resigned from the job last week and announced an indefinite break from the sport yesterday.

    Cummins, ranked number one on the Test bowling rankings, has vice-captained the team before.

    As he moves up to the role of skipper, he will be deputised by former captain Steve Smith.

    The ICC website quotes Cummins as saying, “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.”

    The first Ashes Test is scheduled to bowl off on December 7th at 8pm T&T time at Brisbane.