Steven Smith, who got dismissed for a duck on Day-three of the ongoing tour match against Northamptonshire, was seen going through net sessions during lunch. The Australians continued their poor run as the side went 8-down with just 190 runs on board, after bowling out the opponents for 396. Steven Crook, who smashed a brilliant 142 off 96 deliveries delivered for the English even with the ball after he got out-of-form batsman Shane Watson LBW in the 29th over. Richard Gleeson and Maurice Chambers bagged two wickets each, leaving the Australians team once again thinking what is going wrong with them. READ: Steven Smith says winning away Tests is first priority as Australian skipper


Smith after being confirmed as the successor to Michael Clarke in Test captaincy admitted that he has a clear agenda as the new Australian skipper is increasing the number of away wins. Also, he mentioned that the entire team wants their current skipper Clarke to go out with a winning note as the batsman thoroughly deserves to retire with a win in his career’s final match. “He has been a terrific player for our country over a long period time as well as a great captain and it would be fitting to send him off with a victory, so hopefully we can do that next week.” READ: David Warner speaks about his responsibilities as Australia vice-captain

The 26-year-old admitted that the visitors need an immense support from the home crowd in the re-building phase of the team after the departure of Clarke, Chris Rogers and wicket-keeper Brad Haddin. He said,” I know it’s an important role I’m stepping into now and hopefully I can have the backing of all the public back home. It’s really important to have the public behind you and I’m sure they will come out and support us in numbers. I’m really excited about this opportunity and looking forward to everything that lies ahead.”