Steve Smith said he will lead the team in his own style, but he reiterated that he would stick to the plans made by Pat Cummins and the team in the initial stages of the game. He then compared the scenario with last year’s Adelaide test and his own pre-match condition.
Cricket Australia has confirmed that Pat Cummins will miss the second Test against West Indies at the Adelaide Ring due to quadriceps strain and while Scott Boland will replace him in the playing XI, captaincy duties will fall to the vice- outgoing captain. Steven Smith. The star hitter revealed he was waiting for the news, unlike last year’s pink ball ash test at the same venue where Cummins was ruled out at the last moment due to COVID-19 protocols and Smith only learned. his ascent only on the morning of the first day.
“We thought it was possible that Pat wouldn’t play so there’s a bit more time to prepare for this game than last year. It was a bit chaotic,” Smith told reporters in Adelaide Oval on the eve of the second Test, cricket.com.au reported.
Smith first became Australia’s red ball skipper as a substitute for Michael Clarke in 2014, but then took over on a permanent basis in 2015. He led the team in 34 Tests until 2018, tallying 18 wins and six draws to secure his name among the most successful skippers in the history of his country in terms of winning percentage.
“I have to do it my way, I can’t try to be somebody else. When something like that happens, obviously we have plans in place for some (opposition) hitters, but at the end of the day, that’s all the game is about, and what needs to be done,” Smith remarked of his next challenge.
The veteran was able to lead his 35th Test against England in 2021 and helped his side record a mammoth 275-point victory, marked by two declarations of good time.
“I’m pretty cool. I took over the game here last year and thought it was working pretty well. Whenever they want me to show up and play a game here and there, I’m more than happy to do it, but Patty is the man so I will help him in any way I can. When he’s not fit and ready, I’ll stand there and do what I have to do,” said the 33-year-old player.
Smith also briefly led the team on day four of the opener after Cummins had to leave for treatment, but was quick to hand over the reins to rapid once back on the pitch.
“It’s Pat’s team, so as soon as he comes back it’s like ‘it’s all up to you, go ahead,'” Smith explained.
Smith the batter was in great form in Perth, scoring a blazing double century in the second inning before following it up with a brief appearance in the second, remarkably undefeated the entire game despite hitting 340 balls. However, the number four batsman suffered minor injuries himself, having burst a nerve in his hip.
“I’m fine, I woke up this morning and my hip is as good as it’s been in ten days, so I’m happy with that. I was quite uncomfortable last game, especially on the pitch more that all and hopefully I can squat a little bit lower than last game. It was just a random push, because I pinched my nerves and did it myself”, disclosed Smith.
With more than 8,000 tests and an average of 61.62, Smith said he kept expectations at bay given his age.
“I’m pretty relaxed. I’m getting older too, I’ll be 33-34 next year and I won’t be playing forever. I’m just doing what I can to help, and if I have to stay up for a game here and there , I will do it.”
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