Test captaincy picture clearer after interviews

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The inauguration of Pat Cummins arsenic Australia's 47th Test skipper seems to beryllium simply a formality now.

The accelerated bowler was 1 of lone 2 players interviewed today, on with erstwhile skipper Steve Smith, whose enactment prohibition post-sandpapergate has expired.

Cricket Australia said yesterday that selectors George Bailey and Tony Dodemaide, arsenic good arsenic CA committee subordinate Mel Jones, CEO Nick Hockley and seat Richard Freudenstein volition marque up the decision-making quintet.

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Both Cummins and Smith were interviewed this afternoon.

The thought of a gait bowling skipper has been met with skepticism from immoderate quarters, but each subordinate of the existent squad who has been asked - including Cummins himself - thinks the NSW speedy is up to the task.

Tim Paine pictured with the 3 favourites to regenerate him: Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne (Getty)

Smith would beryllium cleanable vice-captain candidate, capable to supply guidance for the caller skipper, arsenic good arsenic stepping into the breach erstwhile Cummins was sidelined, specified is the workload of a accelerated bowler.

After serving a one-year playing prohibition and a two-year enactment ban, Smith is erstwhile again eligible to pb Australia and CA seat Richard Freudenstein said connected the play that the 32-year-old would beryllium considered for the role.

In summation to being interviewed, Cummins has officially replaced Tim Paine connected the screen of Cricket 22 - which could beryllium different indicator arsenic to which mode the upwind is blowing.

The governing assemblage volition travel to a last determination successful the adjacent mates of days.

Marnus Labuschagne, who was besides floated arsenic a imaginable enactment candidate, was not interviewed astatine this signifier - but remains a sanction to support successful caput for the future.

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