Cummins was named Australia’s Test captain after Penn took a break.


Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins has been named Test captain.

SYDNEY: Australia on Friday named fast bowler Pat Cummins as its Test captain and Steve Smith as its vice-captain after Tim Penn resigned from the post before the Ashes last week following a sex scandal.

A dramatic day for Australian cricket, Cummins was appointed just hours after the announcement that former captain Penn would take a break from the game, which would take him out of the Home Ashes series against old rivals England.

Cummins became the 47th captain of the Australian men’s Test team while Smith returned to a key leadership role, forcing him to step down as captain in the 2018 “Sandpaper Gate” ball tampering scandal.

Cummins, 28, is the first fast bowler to lead Australia since 1956.

Following Penn’s downfall on sending pornographic messages, Cummins knows his behavior on and off the field will be scrutinized, especially with the Ashes in Brisbane starting December 8.

“When it comes to moral character, I am my toughest judge,” said Cummins, one of the highest moral figures in Australia.

“I’m not perfect and there will be things that will pop up, but as long as I can sleep at night, I’m really comfortable with the rest of it.”

Cummins is considered one of the best bowlers in the world. He has taken 164 wickets at an average of 21.59 in 34 Tests, 111 in ODIs and 42 in T20s.

But despite being named vice-captain in 2019, he has little experience as a leader.

Cummins, who described himself as “passionate rather than nervous”, said he would focus heavily on the experience of the 32-year-old controversial batsman.

Cummins told reporters that Smith’s role as vice-captain would be “a little too much.”

Smith acknowledged that there would be “some disadvantages” around his return to leadership, but added: “I’m a more round person (compared to 2018) and as a result he made me a better leader.” ۔

– Pan round round –

Earlier on Friday, Cricket Tasmania said the 36-year-old Penn would immediately abandon all forms of play for the “future of the future”.

The Tasmanian wicketkeeper resigned as Test captain a week ago in 2017 following a public revelation about the exchange of sexual graphic text messages with a female partner.

His decision to step out of the limelight on Friday abruptly ended a heated debate in Australia over whether he should take part in the Ashes.

Cricket Tasmania said in a statement: “Following discussions over the past 24 hours, Tim Penn has advised Cricket Tasmania to take a leave of absence from all forms of cricket for the foreseeable future.”

Retiring as captain, Penn said at the time that he wanted to be a “committed member” of the Australian Test team and was looking forward to facing England.

There was support in the Australian changing room for Pan to stay on the Ashes side.

Cummins and Smith said they had a lot in common.

“We really feel for him and his family,” Cummins said.

“He is a good and respected figure in our team. We love him and hope to see him again soon.”

Cummins believes last week’s disruption and scandal will not affect the hosts’ preparations for the Ashes.

“We are really calm and confident,” he said.

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