My captaincy style will look a bit different, will take advice from vice-captain Steve Smith: Cummins

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Newly appointed Australia captain Pat Cummins on Friday indicated that his style of leading the team may be different from that of his predecessors and added that he will rely on vice-captain Steve Smith for strategic advice.

Cummins will on Friday become the first fast bowler to lead the Australian Test team on a full-time basis. Smith has been made the vice-captain with him. Cummins will replace Tim Paine, who stepped down as captain last week after a four-year-old case of sending obscene messages to a female colleague came to light.

“It (the captaincy) may look a bit different from the outside, possibly to other captains of the past,” Cummins told reporters. Not much is known about the bowling captain, so I was determined from the beginning that if I am the captain, I should have a vice-captain like Steve. ,

He said, “There will be times on the field when I will hand over the responsibility to Steve and you will see Steve doing the fielding on the field, and maybe even making changes in the bowling which will be a little more than the vice-captaincy. I really want something like this. ,

He said, “There will be times when I will be out of the crease, in the middle of bowling spells on a hot day I will need advice from people for strategy and experience so that is one of the big reasons why I use Steve. Wanted as captain. ,


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