‘Not a tough day’: Bitter Steve Smith refuses to compliment touted future Australian captain Pat Cummins as his rival has a great day on the pitch
- Steve Smith gave a lukewarm assessment of Pat Cummins’ captaincy credentials
- Cummins dominated with bat and ball in his first game as captain for NSW Blues
- But Smith downplayed his teammate’s performance when asked after the game
- ‘I dont think there was too much to do – not a tough day,’ Smith said in interview
Dumped Australian cricket captain Steve Smith has given a lukewarm assessment of teammate Pat Cummins’ ability to lead the national team.
Cummins made an impressive debut as captain of the NSW Blues on Monday – scoring 49 runs with the bat before taking three wickets in a dominant home victory over Victoria.
The decision to promote the 27-year-old to the state captaincy is interpreted as a sign selectors could be about to give him the same job in the national side.
But Smith, who is believed to want his old job back, downplayed Cummins’ performance when asked about his credentials after the emphatic win.
Australian fast bowling ace Pat Cummins pictured with his fianceeBecky Boston. Cummins made an impressive debut as captain of the Blues on Monday but didn’t get a full seal of approval by teammate Steve Smith
‘He was good – pretty easy day I think today,’ Smith said.
‘I dont think there was too much to do. Not a tough day, but did good on his first day.’
Smith was infamously dropped as Australian captain and banned for a year for his involvement in the national team’s ball tampering scandal of 2018.
In a separate interview, Smith said Cummins’ position in the team would make it hard for him to earn the captaincy.
‘I think being a fast bowler it would be tough. But thats not for me to really answer,’ he told SEN.
Smith pictured with his wifeDani Willis. He downplayed his teammate’s performance when asked after the game, saying it was ‘not a tough day’
Cummins pictured in Blues colours last week. On Monday, he scored 49 runs with the bat before taking three wickets in a dominant home victory over Victoria
ABC Offsiders host Keli Underwood said Smith’s words were those of a ‘man who wants his captaincy back’.
Cricket commentator Alister Nicholson meanwhile said it was telling Smith gave such a pointed answer to the question.
‘Cricketers are so good at playing a straight bat. They know how to deliver the right line to a difficult question typically,’ he said.
‘I wish Steve Smith didnt want the captaincy back. I think hes so much a better player without it and without that burden on his shoulders.’
Cummins is being tipped for a run at the captaincy of the national team following a strong performance at the helm of the NSW team. Smith and Cummins pictured playing together in 2019