Australia Captain News
On Tim Paine's decision to step down, the former wicketkeeper-batter said that Paine resigned of his own choice and just didn't want to be a distraction in this circus
"For me, the time is right to make Pat Cummins captain, something I thought even before the events of Friday unfolded," Warne wrote in Australia's The Daily Telegraph
Saddened that he felt the need to step down as captain, Australian Cricketers' Association backs Tim Paine
"While respecting the decision made by Tim Paine, the ACA is saddened that he felt the need to resign from the captaincy of the Australian Test team," the ACA said in statement
Paine's bombshell announcement, prompted by an explicit text exchange with a female colleague, leaves Australia facing a leadership vacuum and takes the spotlight off an England team desperate to avoid discussing the cricket racism scandal raging in their homeland
Smith was removed from captaincy due to his involvement in the scandal in 2018 which also led to a review of Australia's win-at-all-cost team culture.
Paine was handed the job in 2018 after then-captain Steve Smith was banned for 12 months for his part in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
Australia's new Test captain Steve Smith is excited about the prospect of playing India on a lively Gabba pitch in the second cricket Test starting tomorrow and said he wants his team to drive the advantage to go up 2-0 in the four-match series.