Getting the privilege to lead a group of individuals or multiple groups is a matter of great honor, especially for a sportsman. Having the opportunity to own up to your team and make key decisions is surely a remarkable feeling. However, as they say, ‘with great power, comes great responsibility’. Sometimes, things may not work with the player leading this position and management may decide to relieve them of their position.
Wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey admits that he is “disappointed” to lose Australia’s white-ball vice-captaincy. He adds that he understands the decision to go back to a more traditional leadership set-up. However, his words reflected a sense of dissatisfaction from being removed.
Carey along with pacer Pat Cummins had shared the vice-captaincy title in limited-overs cricket since that leadership structure was implemented under the new coach Justin Langer in 2018.
However, last week skipper Aaron Finch informed that the team would be reverting to a more “streamlined” leadership process and Cummins will be the sole deputy, having been preferred ahead of Carey.
“I’ve had a lot of clarity around the decision. You’re always going to be disappointed with that but I’m also really grateful and thankful for the opportunity I’ve had in that role in the past 24 months,” Carey states.
“I would love to still have the title next to my name but it’s not going to change anything from my end. I’m still going to rock up with a big smile on my face and try really hard around the group. It’s going back to the old model, which has worked in the past,” Carey adds.