<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Steven Smith says leading Australia A can help him earn Ashes spot" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130621130216.jpg" title="Steven Smith says leading Australia A can help him earn Ashes spot" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Steven Smith scored 133 runs for the Australia A team against Ireland © PTI</p> </div> <strong>Sydney: Jun 23, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Australian cricketer <a href="/tags/Steven-Smith/post" target="_blank">Steven Smith</a> believes the extra responsibility of leading the Australia A team on their tour of Africa can help him earn a spot in the Test side during the <a href="/tags/The-Ashes-2013/post" target="_blank">Ashes series</a> in England.<br /> <br /> "Being a leader you've got to try and set the standard with every bit of the game," Smith was quoted saying this to <em>dailytelegraph.com.au</em>.<br /> <br /> "For me it's just going about trying to score runs and setting the example that way," said Smith.<br /> <br /> Smith has played under <a href="/tags/Michael-Clarke/post" target="_blank">Michael Clarke</a>, <a href="/tags/Brad-Haddin/post" target="_blank">Brad Haddin</a> and <a href="/tags/Simon-Katich/post" target="_blank">Simon Katich</a>. However, he believes he has improved the most under Australian vice-captain Haddin.<br /> <br /> "What he [Haddin] gets across to his players and how he gets the best out of them," Smith said.<br /> <br /> "That's your main goal as a leader."<br /> <br /> Smith scored 133 runs for the Australia A team against Ireland. He proved himself with the bat in India in March, even though many thought he isn’t a Test player and is more suited for the shorter version.<br /> <br /> "I feel as though my game is in a good place at the moment," he said.<br /> <br /> "I'm scoring runs and hopefully keep putting my name up there. I've tightened my technique up," he concluded.