Steve Smith has returned to a leadership role within the Australian team and he said that he is
looking forward to assisting new skipper Pat Cummins in any manner he can.
Smith was declared as vice-captain of the Australia Test team on Friday while
Cummins was appointed as the captain.
“I am pleased to return to the leadership of the team and look forward to helping and assisting Pat in any way I can.
Pat and I have played together for a long time, so we know our respective styles well,” said Smith.
However, his leadership came to an abrupt end in 2018 amidst his involvement in the Newlands ball-tampering
scandal which resulted in him and David Warner being banned from all forms of cricket for a year.
Smith has since made a strong comeback to the Australian team, scoring a whopping 774 runs and helping
Australia retain the Ashes in 2019 in what was his first Test series since he was ban.
He was also part of the squad that won the T20 World Cup this year.
“I’ve been in a position for the last few years playing as a leader.
Now to have the opportunity to be standing here next to Pat with a formal title, I feel very honoured,” said Smith.
“I think they’re (England) a very strong squad. I think England have some quality players.
They’ve got a well rounded side and I think it makes for an exciting series, Smith further added.