Paine resigned after revelations he had been investigated and cleared over sexually specific textual content messages despatched to a feminine former colleague 4 years in the past.
Cummins, 28, turns into solely the second specialist quick bowler to take the captaincy after Ray Lindwall, who led for one Check in opposition to India within the mid-Nineteen Fifties.
Batter and former captain Steve Smith has been named vice-captain of the workforce.
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“I’m honoured to just accept this function forward of what’s going to be a large Ashes summer time,” mentioned Cummins in a press release. “I hope I can present the identical management Tim (Paine) has given the group previously few years.
“With Steve (Smith) and I as captains, a lot of very senior gamers on this squad, and a few nice younger expertise coming by way of, we’re a powerful and tightly knit group.”
As vice-captain, Cummins was the plain selection to exchange Paine and his appointment allows a fast transition with the beginning of the Ashes collection in opposition to England lower than two weeks away.
Smith replaces Cummins as vice-captain, returning to a proper management function after serving a 12-month ban and a two-year management suspension within the wake of the Newlands ball-tampering scandal in 2018.
Well-liked, telegenic and amiable in public, Cummins has taken over as Australia’s main paceman in latest seasons and tops the ICC’s Check bowling rankings.
Even earlier than Paine’s embarrassing resignation a procession of former gamers and pundits had endorsed Cummins as Australia’s captain-in-waiting, regardless of former skipper Smith’s hopes of returning to the function.
“I simply suppose Pat Cummins has developed right into a extra integral a part of that workforce and grown in his information of the sport and experiences he’s had,” former Australia wicketkeeper and captain Adam Gilchrist instructed Reuters final week.
Cummins may have loads of help to lean on within the workforce, although Paine has taken an indefinite psychological well being break.
Whereas he takes on the captaincy before deliberate, he has served one thing of an apprenticeship as New South Wales skipper within the home one-day competitors.