Pat Cummins becomes Australia’s new cricket captain after Tim Paine’s absence

Pat Cummins has been named Australia’s next Test cricket captain – the first fast bowler in six decades to secure the coveted position.

Cummins, 28, will lead Australia against England in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba on December 8, with Steve Smith taking his place.

NSW elevated Cummins will become the first Australian pacer since Ray Lindwall in 1957 to lead his country in five-day Test cricket.

It comes after Tim Paine took leave from all forms of cricket ‘for the foreseeable future’.

Paine, 36, resigned as Australian Test captain last week following revelations of a sexting scandal in 2017.

Team-mates wanted the veteran wicket-keeper to play the first Test at the Gabba against England on December 8, but Cricket Tasmania confirmed Paine will miss Friday’s one-day match against Western Australia so he can retire from the sport indefinitely.

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The new captain: Pat Cummins is the first fast bowler in six decades

The new captain: Pat Cummins is the first fast bowler in six decades

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

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

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

The married father of two (pictured with wife Bonnie) sent a female Cricket Tasmania staffer some suggestive texts and an unsolicited image

The married father of two (pictured with wife Bonnie) sent a female Cricket Tasmania staffer some suggestive texts and an unsolicited image

The married father of two (pictured with wife Bonnie) sent a female Cricket Tasmania staffer some suggestive texts and an unsolicited image

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

“Tim’s decision will not make him available for roster for today’s Marsh One-Day Cup game against Western Australia,” the statement said.

“Cricket Tasmania will continue to support Tim and his family both professionally and personally this summer.”

His manager James Henderson also confirmed that Paine is ‘retiring from cricket on an indefinite mental health break’.

He added: Twitter there are “extreme concerns” for the well-being of Paine and his wife Bonnie.

Due to Paine’s decision to take an indefinite hiatus, he’s unlikely to play test cricket again.

Cricket Tasmania boss Dominic Baker said Paine is prioritizing his well-being and the well-being of his family.

“It’s a traumatic event for him…a week ago he was the Australian captain, 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 immigrated to Australia at the age of 15, looms as Paine’s likely replacements behind the stumps.

Queenslander Jimmy Peirson and T20 World Cup hero Matthew Wade are other options for test voters.

It’s a spectacular fall from favor for Paine, who was promoted to captain in the wake of the 2018 Sandpapergate scandal in South Africa, which saw Steve Smith tearfully resign.

Paine confirmed he would no longer lead the team for the Ashes at a news conference last Friday after a 2017 sexting scandal was made public.

An emotional Paine said his decision to step down was ‘incredibly difficult’ but was the ‘right one’ one for me, my family and cricket’.

‘Almost four years ago I was involved in a text exchange with a colleague at the time,’ says Paine.

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

“That investigation, and at the same time an HR investigation by Cricket Tasmania, found that the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct had not been violated.

“Although I was acquitted, I deeply regretted this incident at the time, and I still do. I spoke to my wife and family at the time and am immensely grateful for their forgiveness and support.”

Australia tests cricket captain Tim Paine, 36, sent string of raunchy texts to female Cricket Tasmania colleague

Australia tests cricket captain Tim Paine, 36, sent string of raunchy texts to female Cricket Tasmania colleague

Australia tests cricket captain Tim Paine, 36, sent string of raunchy texts to female Cricket Tasmania colleague

Paine, a father of two, added that he had recently been informed that his lewd behavior would be made public and that his actions were unacceptable in his coveted role as Australia’s test captain.

“I am deeply sorry for the pain I caused my wife, my family and the other party,” he said.

“I’m sorry for any damage this causes to the reputation of our sport. I don’t want this to be an unwelcome disruption to the team leading up to what is a massive Ashes series.

“I have enjoyed my role as captain of the Australian cricket team. It has been the greatest privilege of my sporting life to lead the Australian men’s test team. I am grateful for the support of my teammates and proud of what we have achieved together.”

Paine also asked for “understanding and forgiveness” from his teammates before also apologizing to cricket fans across the country.

Tim Paine’s Rise and Dramatic Fall in Sexting Scandal

Australian captain Tim Paine walks to change ends during a cricket test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground, in Sydney, Australia on January 9, 2021

Australian captain Tim Paine walks to change ends during a cricket test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground, in Sydney, Australia on January 9, 2021

Australian captain Tim Paine walks to change ends during a cricket test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground, in Sydney, Australia on January 9, 2021

2010: Tim Paine makes his test debut against Pakistan, replacing the injured Brad Haddin, but is dumped upon the return of the incumbent

April 2016: Paine marries Bonnie Maggs

November 17, 2017: Admitted Shock Reminder for Ashes Series

November 22-23, 2017: Paine sends obscene messages to a female colleague on the eve and morning of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. The couple had exchanged texts throughout the year

January 2018: Selected for squadron to tour South Africa

March 25, 2018: Appointed interim captain after Steve Smith and David Warner resigned over ‘sandpapergate’ scandal involving balls

March 28, 2018: Paine is named captain for the 4th Test of the series, becoming the Australian side’s 46th captain

April 2018: Awarded a national contract by Cricket Australia

June 2018: Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania become aware of the reports and launch an investigation into a complaint from the woman. Paine claims he was acquitted during the investigation. His wife Bonnie was aware of the messages but chose to stay with him

2018 – 2021: Paine continues as test captain and retains the Ashes in England in 2019

November 19, 2021: Paine resigns as full details of the explicit posts surface

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