Steve Smith prepares for “negativity” after appointing Australian test team vice captain, Pat Cummins captain

Steve Smith says he expects “negativity” in some parts after he was officially unveiled as vice captain of the Australian test.

The return to official leadership completes the 32-year-old man’s arduous journey back to the top, whose three-year career as skipper ended in a crying press conference in 2018 amid a ball-tamper scandal.

Speaking to Australia’s new test skipper Pat Cummins, Smith touched his journey back to the top after that fateful Cape Town day.

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“I’ve been in the position of playing as a leader in recent years, and now there’s apparently a chance to stand here next to Patrick as the official leader, a respected leader, I’m really honored,” he told reporters.

“I understand it and I understand it, but I know I’ve grown a lot in the last three or four years.

“I’m a rounder individual, and that in turn has made me a better leader and I’m excited to be in this position next to Patrick.

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– I think he has done a great job in recent years as a deputy captain and has grown into a great leader.

“I’m looking forward to doing everything I can to help Patrick and help this team grow successfully both on and off the field. We’re both really excited and can’t wait to get started in a couple of weeks.”

Because Cummins is the first fast bowler to qualify as captain in the Australian test form after Ray Lindwall in 1956, Smith is likely to have a higher level of responsibility compared to a regular vice captain.

Cummins said he was “leaning [Smith] because of his leadership experience, and Smith himself is also willing to work closely together.

“It’s my job to help Patrick in every way possible. If there are times in the field where I can help and ease Patrick’s workload, 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 great partnership in the future. My job is to help Patia and help grow this team into one that I hope can succeed and that Australia is proud of.”

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