Australia’s new Test captain Pat Cummins has revealed that he was asked by the selection panel if he had any secrets before he was handed over the responsibility of leading the team and if there are, they will have to be shared. Cummins was appointed Australia’s 47th Test captain ahead of the Ashes series after Tim Paine decided to step down from his position last week. Cummins was named captain while former captain Steve Smith was named vice-captain, who was suspended three years ago in 2018 following a ball-tampering scandal.
When asked whether the Australian panel had asked him to accept anything before appointing him as captain, Cummins agreed. “Yeah, there were some questions,” Cummins said in an interview with ABC Sport. But I will not go into detail about it.” He said, “It was a really good open discussion. We talked about very different things. So we felt really comfortable.”
Cummins had hinted after becoming captain recently that his style of leading the team could be different from the captains he has been in so far and he would be relying on vice-captain Steve Smith for strategic advice. He said, “There will be times on the field when I will hand over the responsibility to Steve and you will see Steve doing the fielding on the field, and maybe even making changes in the bowling which will be little more than the vice-captain. I really want something like that.”