Steve Smith says he expects “negativity” from some parts after he was officially revealed as Australia’s Test vice-captain.
The return to an official leadership role completes a difficult journey back to the top for the 32-year-old, whose three-year run as skipper ended in a tearful press conference back in 2018 amid the ball manipulation scandal.
Speaking to Australia’s new test skipper Pat Cummins, Smith touched on his journey back to the top since the fateful day in Cape Town.
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“I’ve been in a position the last couple of years where I’ve played as a leader, and now of course I’m honored to have the opportunity to stand here alongside Patrick as a formal leader, one with the title of leader,” he said. to journalists.
“There will be some negativity from some people around it, I understand that, and I understand that, but for me, I know I have grown a lot over the last three or four years.
“I’m a more rounded individual, and that in turn has made me a better leader, and I’m excited to be in that position next to Patrick.
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“I think he’s done a fantastic job over the last couple of years as vice captain and he’s grown into a fantastic leader.
“I look forward to doing everything I can in my power to help Patrick and help this team grow into a successful team both on and off the field. We are both really excited and can not wait to get in. once in a couple of weeks. “
With Cummins as the first fast bowler to captain Australia in the test format since Ray Lindwall in 1956, Smith is likely to have an increased level of responsibility compared to a regular vice-captain.
Cummins said he would “lean up.” [Smith] enormously much “given his managerial experience, and Smith is also himself willing to cooperate heavily.
“It’s my job to help Patrick in any way I can. If there are times on the pitch where I can help and help with the workload with Pat, then it’s my job,” he said.
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“I’m excited to work with Patrick, we’ve known each other for a long time and we’re close friends. We get along really well and I think we complement each other really well.
“I think this could be a really good partnership going forward. It’s my job to help Pat and to help develop this team into one that can hopefully be successful and one that Australia will be proud of. “
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