Steven Smith says leading Australia A can help him earn Ashes spot

Steven Smith scored 133 runs for the Australia A team against Ireland © PTI

Sydney: Jun 23, 2013

Australian cricketer Steven Smith 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 Ashes series in England.

“Being a leader you’ve got to try and set the standard with every bit of the game,” Smith was quoted saying this to dailytelegraph.com.au.

“For me it’s just going about trying to score runs and setting the example that way,” said Smith.

Smith has played under Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin and Simon Katich. However, he believes he has improved the most under Australian vice-captain Haddin.

“What he [Haddin] gets across to his players and how he gets the best out of them,” Smith said.

“That’s your main goal as a leader.”

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.

“I feel as though my game is in a good place at the moment,” he said.

“I’m scoring runs and hopefully keep putting my name up there. I’ve tightened my technique up,” he concluded.