Factbox: Cricket-Australia’s new test captain Pat Cummins

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FILE PHOTO: Cricket – Ashes 2019 – Fifth Test – England v Australia – Kia Oval, London, Britain – September 12, 2019. Australia’s Pat Cummins celebrates the wicket of England’s Joe Root. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

November 26, 2021

(Reuters) – Factbox on Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins, who was named the test team captain on Friday in place of Tim Paine.

* Born on May 8, 1993 in Westmead, Sydney.

* Made his test debut on Nov. 17, 2011 against South Africa in Johannesburg, where he took 6-79 in the second innings and hit the winning runs to be named player of the match in Australia’s narrow win.

* His early career was plagued with injuries and he did not play a test from 2012 to 2016.

* He was a late call-up for the 2015 Ashes squad after the retirement of Ryan Harris but was not selected for a match during the series.

* The right-arm fast bowler returned to test cricket in March 2017 against India. He then became the leading wicket-taker in the 2017-18 Ashes with 23 wickets.

* Scored his first test half-century against South Africa in September 2018 and became one of Australia’s two vice-captains in January 2019, alongside Travis Head.

* Took his maiden 10-wicket haul at the Gabba against Sri Lanka in January 2019 and was named player of the series with 14 wickets.

* Was the leading wicket-taker at the 2019 Ashes in England with 29 wickets.

* Named Australia’s 47th captain on Friday, the ICC’s top-ranked test bowler is only the second specialist fast bowler to take the test captaincy after Ray Lindwall, who led for one test against India in the mid-1950s.

* Cummins has taken 164 wickets in 34 tests.

(Compiled by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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