The Australia squad for the first two Tests of the Ashes series has been announced. The 15-member squad includes wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carrey. This is Carrie’s first appearance on the Test team. Captain Tim Payne, who was also the wicket-keeper, resigned following a controversy over an obscene message and was later given a break from cricket. The Australian team will be led by pacer Pat Cummins. Steve Smith is the vice-captain. (ashes test australia team)
Payne has been ruled out of the one-day cup match against Tasmania. Payne announced that he would remain on the team despite the captaincy being vacated, but later changed his mind and announced that he was taking a break from cricket. Cricket Australia and Tasmanian cricket have announced their support for the player.
Cummins became the first fast bowler to captain the Australian Test team full-time. Ray Lindwall was the stand-in captain on the 1965 tour of India due to the absence of a captain and vice-captain. Former captain Steve Smith is the vice-captain. Smith was considered captain but the 2018 sandpaper controversy backfired.
It was in 2017 that the controversial incident that led to Payne’s resignation took place. Payne, who was on the Tasmanian team at the time, was controversial for texting with a colleague. The incident was subsequently investigated and it was found that Payne had not violated the rules of Cricket Australia. Tasmania Cricket also said it had not received any complaints about the incident. But Payne said in a news release last week that he knew the message had been leaked and was therefore stepping down as captain.
Australia squad: Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Alex Carey, David Warner, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuchein, Nathan Lyon, Michael Nesser, Micheal Schulz, Mitchell, Mitchell.
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