Pacer Pat Cummins and left-handed batsman Travis Head have been named joint vice-captain for the two Test matches against Sri Lanka. Cricket Australia on Tuesday announced that the due will be replacing injured Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh who was left out of the squad.
Hazlewood has been ruled out with a back injury, while Marsh was dropped from the squad after a poor performance against India in the recent Border-Gavaskar series.
National Selector member Trevor Hohns said the board believed Travis and Pat are the best candidates to help support captain, Tim Paine, through the two Test matches in the absence of Hazlewood and Marsh.
Head, who made his debut against Pakistan in October 2018 UAE tour, has only played six Tests but has experience leading Southern Australia in domestic cricket.
Hohns said Head was an impressive candidate when interviewed during the leadership identification process we conducted last year.
“Travis is a respected member of the dressing room, he consistently demonstrates care for his team-mates, provides valuable contributions in team meetings, and embodies the values of the team,” he said.
Cummins has enjoyed an incredible season with an impressive performance with bat and ball in the recent Tests against India despite Australia’s series loss. He picked nine wickets and scored 80 runs in Melbourne.
The first Test between Australia and is to be commenced from 24 January in Brisbane.