Cummins was unveiled as the 47th Australian men’s Test captain on Friday afternoon, becoming the first bowling skipper the nation has seen in almost 60 years.
The 28-year-old will lead Australia through the Ashes, which begins at The Gabba in Brisbane on December 8, alongside newly appointed vice captain Steve Smith.
“I am honoured to accept this role ahead of what will be a massive Ashes summer,” Cummins said in a statement.
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“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 newly appointed Test captain of Australia Pat Cummins is seen with his partner Becky Boston in 2020. Picture: Graham Denholm/Getty Images
Cummins, who was vice captain of the squad under Paine’s leadership, was widely expected to take over the reigns following the wicketkeeper’s resignation.
The decision to appoint Smith as vice marks the batter’s first leadership role since he was famously stripped of captaincy over the ball tampering saga in South Africa back in 2018.
Paine was named skipper following the scandal.
“I am pleased to return to the leadership of the team and look forward to helping and assisting Pat in any way I can,” Smith said.
Steve Smith, who is pictured celebrating a century, has been named as vice captain. Picture. Phil Hillyard
“Pat and I have played together for a long time, so we know our respective styles well. We are also great friends, as is the whole group. 
“As a team, we want to play good, positive cricket and also really enjoy each other’s company. They are exciting times ahead as we focus on the Ashes and beyond.”
Cummins and Smith were this week interviewed for the leadership positions and it is understood a decision was made on Thursday night.
Richie Benaud was the last bowler of any kind to captain Australia. He retired in 1964.
The last fast bowler captain was Ray Lindwall, who let Australia in a one-off Test in 1956.
Tim Paine steps back from cricket
 
Paine resigned as Test captain last week after a text exchange with a former Cricket Tasmania colleague was made public.
He confirmed one week later on Friday that we will be taking a leave of absence from all forms of cricket “for the foreseeable future”.
“Following discussions over the last 24 hours, Tim Paine has advised Cricket Tasmania that he will be taking a leave of absence from all forms of cricket for the foreseeable future,” a Cricket Tasmania statement on Friday morning read.
“Tim’s decision makes him unavailable for selection for today’s Marsh One-Day Cup match against Western Australia. His place in the squad will be taken by Charlie Wakim.
“Cricket Tasmania will continue to support Tim and his family both professionally and personally over the summer.”
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