Steve Smith has captained Australia in one Test © Getty Images
Steve Smith has captained Australia in one Test © Getty Images

Australia’s incoming captain Steve Smith on Monday said he is ready to take over the responsibility after the end of the Ashes 2015. Michael Clarke had announced retirement post the series and Smith, who led Australia in the Border-Gavaskar series in 2014-15 against India, says he is ready to take over as the full time captain. Smith promises to be aggressive in his approach, and says he had enjoyed the challenge of leading his country when he had got the opportunity late in 2014.  ALSO READ: Steve Smith must lead Australia against England in 5th Ashes 2015 Test at The Oval

“I got a taste of it last summer and really enjoyed the role. I guess if it happens now, then fantastic. We’ll wait and see how it all pans out. I think I’ll be quite aggressive and try to be as proactive as possible. I think that is pretty important. For me, it’s about trying to lead from the front as a player as well. The captain has got to do that and I know it was something Michael was very strong on – I’ll take that same road as well,” Smith was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. ALSO READ: Ashes 2015: Australia fulfil Steven Smith’s prophecy in the worst way possible!

Australia will see the change in their leadership as Clarke walks away after a glorious career, wherein he led them in 46 Tests so far. Clarke announced his retirement from international cricket after Australia suffered a massive defeat by an innings and 78 runs in the fourth Ashes 2015 Test at Trent Bridge, as they also conceded them the Ashes Urn.

Clarke will be leading Australia in the fifth and final Test of the Ashes 2015, which is also the last international appearance for him. Clarke has captained Australia in 46 Tests so far, an era that began with Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2011. Australia enjoyed mixed success under Clarke — they won 23 Tests, lost 16 while seven Tests were drawn. ALSO READ: Steve Smith: I don’t really like to listen to too many people on my batting

Smith, who will be playing for the one last time under Clarke before taking over as full-time captain, expects the team to give a perfect send off to the outgoing skipper. Smith said, “We were pretty shocked to be honest, we couldn’t see it coming. Michael has been a terrific player, and captain, for a long period of time and he is certainly going to be missed around the group. Hopefully we can send him off on a high at the Oval.”