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David Warner in no rush to take over Australia’s T20 cricket captaincy

There have been murmurs of David Warner to be made Australia’s T20 captain due to his aggressive style of play as well as his record, which is complete opposite to Steven Smith’s, whose energies have largely been invested in Test cricket

cricket Updated: Feb 16, 2018 17:50 IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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David Warnerr’s record that has prompted calls for him to be made Australia’s T20 cricket captain.(Getty Images)

The possibility of David Warner being ascended to Australia’s captain in T20 Internationals has received a major boost in the ongoing tri-series involving New Zealand and England, but Warner does not want to rush for anything. (India vs South Africa, 6th ODI - highlights)

There have been murmurs of Warner to be made Australia’s T20I captain due to his aggressive style of play as well as his record, which is complete opposite to Steven Smith’s, whose energies have largely been invested in Test cricket where Australia were faltering just about a year ago or so.

Warner, who has had significant success leading a T20 side by winning the IPL 2016 edition as Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) captain, however, is happy in his place as the deputy to Smith.

Notably, the world No 1 Test batsman Smith has been missing from T20 action for Australia, having played his last match against India in the ICC World T20 2016 at Mohali.

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Smith, who was handed captaincy role from Aaron Finch (4 wins in 9 matches, 5 defeats), has so far led Australia in 8 matches, winning 4 and losing as many.

But it is Warner’s record that has prompted calls for him to be made T20 captain, as Australia have won 7 out of 8 matches — including Friday’s record run chase at Auckland against New Zealand — under his leadership.

Warner has left the question for Australian selectors and Smith. “That’s obviously a question for Smithy and the selectors,” he said.

“It depends on how Smithy is going mentally with all three forms. He’s said that he’s happy doing all three forms and I respect that,” Warner was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“But it’s quite a tough job. It’s not just the cricket he has to deal with, it’s everything else that comes with the game. I don’t think people see that as often and it can be quite challenging,” he added.

Warner said he is happy playing second fiddle to Smith. “I’m his deputy so I try and help him as much as I can so he’s in the (right) frame of mind. I try and do as much as I can and make sure I’m doing everything right with the boys to make his job a lot easier.”

Smith was rested for the ongoing tri-series ahead of Australia’s all-important tour to South Africa comprising four Tests, starting March 1, after leading his side to an emphatic 4-1 win in the Ashes 2017-18.

Ahead of going on a break, Smith had lamented missing games for Australia. “In an ideal world, I’d love to play every game. I don’t really like resting. “[But] on this occasion I think it was the best thing for me and other guys as well. It’s nice to know that if I do have a rest, Davey (David Warner) can step up and do a terrific job.”

“I’m comfortable at the moment (captaining all formats). Obviously it’s been a while since I played a Twenty20 International — I think about two years — hopefully I’ll be available in the next year or so,” Smith added.

First Published: Feb 16, 2018 17:50 IST