Pat Cummins and Steve Smith have been interviewed by a Cricket Australia panel for the positions of captain and vice-captain of the Australian Test team.
This brings Cricket Australia a step closer to unveiling star fast bowler Cummins as Australia’s 47th Test captain, and returning Smith to a leadership position for the first time since the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.
Leadership candidates: Pat Cummins and Steve Smith.Credit:Getty Images
The interviews follow the dramatic resignation of Tim Paine from the captaincy, when his exchange of lewd text messages with a former Cricket Tasmania staffer was revealed last Friday.
The pair appeared by video link before a committee comprising selectors George Bailey and Tony Dodemaide, chief executive Nick Hockley, chair Richard Freudenstein and board member Mel Jones.
Cummins and Smith are at a quarantined training camp on the Gold Coast ahead of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.
Cummins and Smith have been widely seen as a standout leadership duo, given that as a former captain himself, Smith will be capable of stepping in whenever Cummins is forced to rest because of the rigours and injury risks of fast bowling.
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