Ricky Ponting believes in managing his own overs. Ponting could be a major challenge for newly-appointed Test captain Pat Cummins. The Delhi Capitals coach opined that as vice-captain. Steve Smith will have an important role to play. And he will have to direct the pacer at critical junctures. He declared in an interview with cricket.com.au that he is the team’s best fast bowler. On multiple events, Cummins will be required to bowl long durations. While it is still unknown, Ponting suggested that. During such times, whether he is under bowls himself. Steve Smith should come to Cummins’ assistance and advise him as needed.
“The only concern I have is if it’s the same again, where Pat’s the standout fast bowler, is he going to keep bowling himself? Because the team is going to need it,” Ricky Ponting said.
“Or will he be worried about what people are going to think if he just keeps himself on the whole time? That’s where the vice captain’s role is really important in this whole thing,” Ponting added.
Furthermore, Pat Cummins was named Australia’s new Test captain on Friday. Cummins will be the 47th captain to lead the side in the longer format. Furthermore, ex-captain Steve Smith is back in a leadership role. He was appointed vice-captain. In particular, referring to the 2018 Sandpapergate scandal. Everyone makes mistakes in their lives, as pointed out by Pointing. He emphasized that the batter was responsible for the consequences. After becoming involved in the ball-tampering controversy.
Lastly, Ponting believes Smith has made a thumping comeback. Since returning to the side in 2019 following the completion of his ban. Ponting added that he wasn’t surprised by Cricket Australia. In choosing the 32-year-old as Cummins’ deputy.
“We’ve all made mistakes. We all said at the time it was a severe penalty for all those guys – and it had to be, that’s the way it was at the time. But it’s a long time ago now,” Ricky Ponting said.
“He’s played some great cricket since then and has not stepped a foot wrong with anything he’s done in his life since then. So as far as I’m concerned, if Cricket Australia thinks it’s okay, then I’m not surprised they have given him the job,” Ponting said.