Sydney: After losing his white ball vice-captaincy to teammate Pat Cummins wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey admitted on Saturday he felt disappointed, but understands traditional leadership structure.
Carey and Pat Cummins were two vice-captains for Australia's limited-overs teams since that leadership structure was implemented under then new coach Justin Langer in 2018.
Skipper Aaron Finch last week revealed the team would be reverting to a more "streamlined" leadership process and Pat Cummins will now be the sole deputy after Carey was removed from the job.
"I've had a lot of clarity around the decision," the keeper-batsman said. "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 was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
"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," he said.
"I just want to play cricket for Australia and ? if there isn't a title next to my name that's fine," said the 28-year-old."I'm really keen to just to play the best cricket I can play. I'm just really excited to go on this trip, it's been six months (since) we played cricket," Carey said.
"Pat Cummins is a fantastic leader and Aaron Finch is as well. Through the likes of David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell ? there's so many senior figures and heads around the group that we're not reliant on just one or two people (to lead)."
"You never know down the track ? I really enjoy captaining the Adelaide Strikers and the Redbacks team in the past, so hopefully there's more of that when Travis is playing at Australian level and I'm there (with SA or the Strikers)," Carey said.
Australia will tour England and will play limited overs series with three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals from September 4-16.(UNI)