Australia’s Steve Smith has vowed to be a more aggressive captain if he is appointed to lead the side as expected following a disastrous Ashes campaign which prompted Michael Clarke’s retirement.
The 26-year-old, in line to take over after Clarke’s final Test at The Oval later this month, has promised to be less defensive than he was while captaining against India at home earlier this year.
“I think the two games that we drew I could probably be a bit more aggressive there and give ourselves more of a chance to bowl the opposition out,” Smith told The Australian.
“But in regards to my captaincy I think it’ll be pretty similar.”
Smith skippered Australia in Tests against India during the last home season when Clarke was sidelined with a hamstring injury, and made centuries in all three Tests where he was skipper.
“Every game I’ve captained so far I’ve scored a hundred. I’d like that… to keep going, hopefully it does,” he said.
“If I am named the captain I would like to lead from the front with my performances, for sure.”
Smith said one of the lessons of this miserable Ashes tour, in which Australia were all out for only 60 runs in their first innings at Trent Bridge in the fourth Test, was patience.
“They make you earn your runs… all of their bowlers swing the ball both ways,” Smith said in comments to Australian Associated Press.