Australia announce new Ashes series test captain after Tim Paine resigns

Following the sudden tearful resignation of Tim Paine as captain last Friday, Australia moved quickly to find their replacement on the eve of the Ashes against England.



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Paine quits Australian testing captain amid sexting scandal



Pat Cummins has been confirmed as Australia captain for the upcoming Ashes series, replacing Tim Paine following his sudden resignation last Friday.

A tearful Paine was forced to resign because Australia skipper last Friday on the eve of Ashes after details emerged of obscene text messages he sent to a former Cricket Tasmania colleague four years ago.

Paine’s resignation – who is taking an ‘indefinite mental health break’ from the sport – threw the Aussie’s plans in the air with just under three weeks before it all started against England in Brisbane at Gabba on December 8.

But Australia moved quickly to announce that not only will Cummins lead the bowling attack, but he will also lead the team through the Ashes and beyond.







Pat Cummins to lead Australia against England during Ashes
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Cummins moved on after a two-year race as vice-captain, with former skipper and star drummer Steve Smith being his assistant.

Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley on Friday praised the country’s new test captain – calling him an “outstanding player and leader” in a statement confirming the news.

“He has earned tremendous respect from his teammates and all corners of the game for his attitude and accomplishments, both on and off the pitch,” Hockley said.

“We are extremely fortunate to have an experienced group of senior players who are superb leaders themselves. I have no doubt that Pat and Steve will be well supported in their respective leadership roles.”

Australian fast pitcher Cummins himself couldn’t hide his glee at the news, releasing his own statement.

Cummins said, “I am honored to take on this role ahead of what will be a massive summer for Ashes. I hope I can provide the same leadership that Tim (Paine) has given the group over the past few years.

“With Steve and I as captains, a number of very senior players on this team and some great young talent coming in, we are a strong and tight-knit group.







Tim Paine in tears as he resigns as Australian test captain last Friday
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“It is an unexpected privilege for which I am very grateful and look forward to.”

Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed that Paine will be taking time off for the foreseeable future, which has derailed Aussie’s plans in the wake of the sexting scandal.

“Confirming that @ tdpaine36 is stepping away from cricket for an indefinite mental health break,” Paine manager James Henderson wrote in a social media post.

“We are extremely concerned for his well being and that of (wife) Bonnie and will not comment further at this time.”

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