Cummins named as test captain

Captains of the Australian men's test cricket team are held in such veneration that, just like the succession of American presidents, they are often known by just a number. Both Joe Biden and Tim Paine were number 46 in line in their respective roles - one man holding the most pressurised, stressful job in the world, the other being the President of the United States.

Local hero: Pat Cummins in the colours of Glenbrook-Blaxland CC.

Local hero: Pat Cummins in the colours of Glenbrook-Blaxland CC.

Test captain number 47 is a native of the Lower Blue Mountains. Patrick James Cummins, 28, hails from Mount Riverview, and was announced on Friday, November 26, as the successor to Paine, who resigned in ignominy recently after a 'sexting' scandal.

Cummins played his junior cricket with Glenbrook-Blaxland Cricket Club.

"We have been overwhelmed with messages from the club," said Cummins's parents, Peter and Maria. "Patrick learnt vital playing skills as well as the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship. He'll try his very best as Australian men's captain and encourages every local young boy and girl to enjoy their sport and to dream big."

The club itself was also understandably delighted about their favourite son assuming the captaincy.

"Glenbrook-Blaxland CC is extremely proud to have watched Pat's career flourish, and we are delighted to see his playing and leadership skills recognised with the Australian men's test team captaincy," said club secretary Craig Batty.

"Pat played all his junior cricket with Glenbrook-Blaxland CC, alongside his two brothers Tim and Matthew. He also played some senior cricket for the club with his dad Peter, before he was called to higher representative duties. His family have always been great supporters of the club.

"Pat is a great role model for our junior cricketers, some of whom have had the pleasure of seeing their names alongside his on our perpetual trophies."

"Glenbrook-Blaxland CC wishes Pat all the very best as he takes on this new role, and we will be continuing to follow his career with the greatest of interest."