Australia’s newly appointed test captain Pat Cummins revealed that he always wanted Steve Smith to be named as Australia’s vice-captain. Pat Cummins was named as captain of Australia’s test cricket team following one week after Tim Paine resigned from his role of captain following the sexting scandal. Along with Cummins former captain, Steve Smith was named as the vice-captain of Australia’s test team. The announcement of the new captain & vice-captain of Australia’s test team came a few hours after the announcement of Tim Paine taking an indefinite break from all cricket.
Speaking about new captaincy & Steve Smith as deputy captain Pat Cummins said that he is key to how he wants Australia to function under their leadership going forward.
”I think there is a couple of more unknowns about having a bowling captain & that’s why from the outset I was absolutely determined if I was captain to have someone like Steve Smith as vice-captain next to me”, ESPNcricinfo quoted Cummins as saying.
“Obviously, it’s not our decision who is captain and vice-captain. I made it pretty clear that if I was given the captaincy that this is how I saw the team running and I tried to bring Steve along for that as well. He’s so central to how I see my captaincy style but [also] how I see the team functioning.”
Steve Smith also admitted that his return to leadership will not go well with others. “I think there will be some negativity from some people about it,” he said. “I understand that and I get that. But for me, I know that I’ve grown a great deal over the last three or four years. I’m a more rounded individual and in turn, I think it’s turned me into a better leader.”
“Obviously it’s not our decision who is the captain & vice-captain. I made it pretty clear that if I was given the captaincy that this is how I saw the team running & I tried to bring Steve along for that as well. He is so central to how I see my captaincy style but how I see the team functioning”, he added.
Now when both Cummins & Smith are on board as Captain & vice-captain, the duo of Cummins & Smith will work on the finer points of partnership ahead of the start of Ashes on December 8.
“I am naturally a calm person. I am quite positive. I will be leaning on everyone. I am a big one for empowering individuals to own their role”, Cummins said.
Steve Smith the batting mainstay said that he was honored to be named as Pat Cummins deputy, “I have been in a position for the last few years playing like a leader. Now to have the opportunity to be standing here next to Patrick with a formal title, I feel very honored”. said Steve Smith.
“I’m completely guided by Patrick and whatever he needs on the field,” he said. “If there are times when Patrick hands to me and wants me to take over and do some different things out on the field I’m there for that. My job is to support Patrick as much as I can”, added Steve Smith.
Steve Smith made his test debut in 2010 & has been an integral part of the senior playing group in with his spectacular growth as a leader & person on & off the field.