Pat Cummins has been named Australia’s new cricket captain after Tim Paine’s absence

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Pat Cummins has been named as the next Australian cricket Test captain – the first fast bowler to reach this coveted position in six decades.

Cummins, 28, will captain Australia along with Steve Smith in the first Ashes Test against England at the Gabba in Brisbane on 8 December.

Born and raised in NSW, Cummins would become the first Australian fast bowler since Ray Lindwall in 1957 to captain his country in five-day Test cricket.

While the decision may raise some eyebrows, former Australia spinner Carey O’Keefe is adamant that Cummins was the right choice.

‘People say, ‘He is a fast bowler’. But you look back and one of the most successful Test captains, who is never mentioned, is South Africa’s Shaun Pollock,’ O’Keefe said.

‘And I see Pat Cummins doing the same thing for Australia.. He’s a leader and I think he can get the best out of his team.’

Pat Cummins (pictured with partner Becky Boston) is Australia’s newest cricket Test captain

New captain: Pat Cummins, 28, is the first fast bowler to captain Australia in six decades

New captain: Pat Cummins, 28, is the first fast bowler to captain Australia in six decades

NSW raised Pat Cummins made his Test debut at age 17 – and at 28, he will captain Australia against England in the Ashes from 8 December

NSW raised Pat Cummins made his Test debut at age 17 – and at 28, he will captain Australia against England in the Ashes from 8 December

Penrith Jr has overcame a succession of injuries early in his career to become a key member of the Australian Test team

Penrith Jr has overcame a succession of injuries early in his career to become a key member of the Australian Test team

Cummins and fiancé Becky Boston recently became parents, their son Albie was born last month

Cummins and fiancé Becky Boston recently became parents, their son Albie was born last month

This comes after former captain Tim Paine took a leave of absence on Friday from all forms of cricket ‘for the foreseeable future’.

Paine’s manager James Henderson confirmed Twitter He is ‘extremely concerned’ for his and (wife) Bonnie’s current well being.

Penn, 36, stepped down as Australia’s men’s Test captain last week following the revelations of the sexting scandal in 2017.

Teammates wanted the veteran wicketkeeper to play the first Test against England at the Gabba on 8 December, but cricket Tasmania Confirmed Paine will miss Friday’s one-day vs. Western Australia So he can take an indefinite break from the game.

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Tim Paine taking leave from all forms of cricket 'for the foreseeable future'

Tim Paine taking leave from all forms of cricket ‘for the foreseeable future’

The estranged father of two (pictured with wife Bonnie) sent several suggestive text as well as an unsolicited image to a female Cricket Tasmania employee

The estranged father of two (pictured with wife Bonnie) sent several suggestive text as well as an unsolicited image to a female Cricket Tasmania employee

In a statement, Cricket Tasmania announced that the 36-year-old is ‘taking a leave of absence from all forms of cricket for the foreseeable future’.

“Tim’s decision makes him unavailable for selection for today’s (Friday) Marsh ODI Cup match against Western Australia,” the statement said.

‘Cricket Tasmania will continue to support Tim and his family both professionally and personally throughout the summer.’

His manager James Henderson also confirmed that Paine is ‘stepping away from cricket for an indefinite mental health break.’

they added Twitter There is ‘deep concern’ for the well being of Paine and his wife Bonnie.

Paine’s decision to take an indefinite break means he is unlikely to play Test cricket again.

Cricket Tasmania boss Dominic Baker said Paine is prioritizing his welfare and that of his family.

“It’s a traumatic event for him… He was the Australian captain a week ago, so these things take time,” he told ABC Radio in Hobart.

‘I think he did the right thing.’

Alex Carey or Yorkshire-born Josh Inglis, who moved to Australia when he was 15, is serving as Paine’s possible replacement behind the stumps.

Queenslander Jimmy Pearson and T20 World Cup hero Matthew Wade are the other options for the Test selectors.

It is a spectacular fall from grace for Paine, who was promoted to captain after the Sandpapergate scandal in South Africa back in 2018 with Steve Smith resigning in tears.

Paine confirmed that he would no longer lead the team Ashes At a press conference last Friday after a 2017 sexting scandal was made public.

Emotional Paine says his decision to stand down was ‘incredibly difficult’ – but ‘right’ One for me, my family and cricket’.

“About four years ago, I was involved in a text exchange with a then-colleague,” Paine said.

‘At the time, the exchange was the subject of a thorough CA Integrity Unit investigation, which I fully and openly participated in.

‘That investigation and a Cricket Tasmania HR investigation at the same time found that there had been no breach of Cricket Australia’s code of conduct.

‘Although acquitted, I deeply regretted the incident at the time, and still am today. I spoke to my wife and family at that time and am very grateful for their forgiveness and support.’

Australia's Test cricket captain Tim Paine, 36, sent a series of strange messages to a female colleague from Cricket Tasmania

Australia’s Test cricket captain Tim Paine, 36, sent a series of strange messages to a female colleague from Cricket Tasmania

Paine, the father of two children, further said that he was recently made aware that his lewd conduct was about to become public and that his actions were unacceptable in his iconic role as Australia’s Test captain.

“I am deeply sorry for the hurt and pain I have caused to my wife, my family and the other side,” he said.

‘I am sorry for any loss that affects the reputation of our sport. I don’t want it to become an unwanted disruption for the team ahead of a big Ashes series.

‘I have loved my role as the captain of the Australian cricket team. Leading the Australian men’s Test team has been the greatest privilege of my sporting life. I am grateful for the support of my teammates and proud of what we have been able to achieve together.

Paine also sought “understanding and apology” from his teammates before apologizing to cricket fans across the country.

The rise and dramatic fall of Tim Paine in the sexting scandal

Australian captain Tim Paine walks for change during the cricket Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 9, 2021 in Sydney, Australia

Australian captain Tim Paine walks for change during the cricket Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 9, 2021 in Sydney, Australia

2010: Tim Paine made his Test debut against Pakistan, replacing the injured Brad Haddin, but was dropped upon the incumbent’s return.

April 2016: Pine marries Bonnie Maggs

November 17, 2017: Shock recalled for Ashes series

November 22-23, 2017: On the eve and morning of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, Paine sent lewd messages to a female colleague. The pair exchanged texts throughout the year.

January 2018: Selected for the squad for the tour of South Africa

March 25, 2018: Steve Smith and David Warner appointed interim captains after standing on ‘sandpapergate’ ball tampering scandal

March 28, 2018: Paine was appointed captain for the fourth Test of the series, becoming the 46th captain of the Australian team.

April 2018: Awarded the national contract by Cricket Australia

June 2018: Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania become aware of the messages and launch an investigation following the woman’s complaint. Paine claims he was acquitted during the investigation. His wife Bonnie was aware of the messages but chose to stick to it

2018 – 2021: Paine continues as Test captain, retains Ashes in England in 2019

November 19, 2021: Paine steps down as full details of clear messages surface

Need to talk to someone about your mental health?

  • lifeline: 13 11 14 or lifeline.org.au
  • beyond blue: 1300 22 4636 or beyond blue.org.au
  • selection qualification: 1800 133 123
  • Children’s Helpline: 1800 55 1800 or kidshelpline.com.au
  • headspace: 1800 650 890 or headspace.org.au

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