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Cummins the frontrunner to lead Australia after Paine scandal

Cummins the frontrunner to lead Australia after Paine scandal

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Pat Cummins shaped up as the frontrunner Saturday to take over from disgraced former

Australia Test skipper Tim Paine, with the likes of Mark Taylor, Dennis Lillie, and Steve Waugh all singing his praises, reports AFP. The 28-year-old, who has served as vice-captain in both Test and white-ball formats since 2019, is widely seen as being in a two-way race with Steve Smith to

assume the reins after Paine’s shock departure over a sexting scandal. Cummins appears to be the heir apparent, with Smith tipped to be his deputy for the upcoming home Ashes series against arch-rivals England. If appointed, Cummins will become the first specialist fast bowler to

captain the side since Ray Lindwall did so for a single Test in 1956. Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley said Saturday the process to select a new captain was already in place, with Paine

expected to retire after the Ashes regardless.