New Delhi: David Warner is leading the Australian T20 squad in the Trans-Tasman tri-series as regular skipper Steve Smith is taking a break after a grueling summer. And while the team is doing really well under Warner, the opener has said that his future leadership prospects in T20 cricket will depend on how Smith plans to go about his international career.
T20 has not been their forte, but under Warner, the Australians have won six of seven games. In fact, the Aussies will rise to No.2 in the world rankings if they beat Kane Williamson’s New Zealand on Friday.
While former captain and current assistant coach Ricky Ponting has said that it is almost unimaginable to have the same man lead the team in all three formats, Smith has said that he is keen to play all the three formats. And Warner respects that space.
“That’s obviously a question for Smithy and the selectors,” Warner told cricket.com.au. “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. I’m his deputy so I try and help him as much as I can so he’s in the (right) frame of mind.
"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.
"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 on his part has made it clear that he isn’t done with T20 cricket and it is just as much his priority as is the ODI and Test format.
“I certainly see that I’ve got a future in T20 cricket,” Smith said this week. “I’ve done reasonably well in the IPL in the last couple of years and hopefully I can do the same again and keep performing and putting my name up for T20 selection.
"I’m comfortable at the moment (captaining in three formats). Obviously, it’s been a while since I played a T20 international … but I think I’ll get the opportunity to certainly be available for selection in T20 cricket in the next year or so and hopefully be able to get some games in.
"In an ideal world I’d love to play every game. I don’t really like resting, but to be fair on this occasion I think it’s been the best thing for me.
"It’s nice to know that if I do have a rest, Davey can step up and do a terrific job.”