Australia Test captain: Cricket Australia interview Pat Cummins, Steve Smith for captaincy role ahead of Ashes – Report

Australia Test captain: Cricket Australia interview Pat Cummins, Steve Smith for captaincy role ahead of Ashes - Report
Australia Test captain: Cricket Australia interview Pat Cummins, Steve Smith for captaincy role ahead of Ashes - ReportAustralia Test captain: Cricket Australia interview Pat Cummins, Steve Smith for captaincy role ahead of Ashes - Report

Australia Test captain: Cricket Australia have reportedly interviewed fast bowler Pat Cummins and former captain Steve Smith for the role of captain ahead of the all-important Ashes starting next month. With the series kicking off at Gabba on December 8, CA are expected to announce their new captain in the coming week, after Tim Paine resigned following his sexting scandal.

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Australia Test captain: Cricket Australia interview Pat Cummins, Steve Smith for captaincy role ahead of Ashes – Report

Cricket Australia have interviewed Pat Cummins and Steve Smith for leadership roles ahead of the Ashes as per a Sydney Morning Herald report. The report states that Cummins, the incumbent vice-captain is likely to take the armband, while Smith who was sacked in 2018, would take over the role of vice-captain.

If Smith is indeed made the vice-captain, then he would return to a leadership role for the first time since the Sandpaper Gate in 2018. Cummins and Smith appeared before a committee comprising selectors George Bailey and Tony Dodemaide, chief executive Nick Hockley, chair Richard Freudenstein and board member Mel Jones.

 

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Australia Test captain: Cricket Australia interview Pat Cummins, Steve Smith for captaincy role ahead of Ashes – Report

Australia Test captaincy: Australia head coach Justin Langer is not a part of the panel picked by Cricket Australia (CA) to pick the next Test skipper. All the captaincy nominees will be interviewed by the joint committee where they will be asked to share their vision for the men’s Test team.

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Tim Paine had stepped down as the captain of the side ahead of the much-awaited Ashes opener. According to cricket.com.au, Paine announced his resignation as Test skipper following revelations of a ‘sexting’ incident with a former Cricket Tasmania colleague in 2017.

Australia Test captaincy:  Paine “deeply regretted” the incident and said he was “enormously” grateful to his wife and family for the forgiveness. “I spoke to my wife and family at the time and am enormously grateful for their forgiveness and support. We thought this incident was behind us and that I could focus entirely on the team, as I have done for the last three or four years,” cricket.com.au quoted Paine as saying