Steve Smith needs to be careful while leading Australia during Ashes: Michael Clarke

Clarke advises Smith to be careful while leading during Ashes, as he's favorite to take over captaincy after Tim Paine steps down

By Web Desk
November 25, 2021
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke. Photo Source:Twitter

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke advises Steve Smith to be careful while playing a leadership role in the team during the upcoming Ashes series in Australia.

Steve Smith is favorite to take over the captaincy after Tim Paine stepped down due to an off-field scandal, however, there hasn't been any official announcement by Cricket Australia (CA) yet, but Smith and Pat Cummins were interviewed by the CA panel.

Clarke said on The Big Sports Breakfast: "He's got to be careful Smithy because he copped some criticism for doing that when Tim Paine took over the captaincy as well. That he was standing in slip waving his hands, moving the field. If he is vice-captain or even if he is not, he has got to be very careful."

He said: "There can only be one captain on the field. That is what leadership is about as well. If it is Pat Cummins, he can take advice and guidance, but then it's up to him to make decisions."

Clarke added: "I don't think Steve Smith understands how extreme it is going to be. He got a tiny glimpse of it last summer against India when he scruffed the pitch and was called the biggest cheat on the planet. I don't think he understands how heavy it is going to be on him."

"Since he came back, he's helped this team win so many games. He has played a leadership role in the team and is doing a brilliant job. I think he can help the team more by supporting if it is Pat Cummins, scoring a truckload of runs, and helping Australia win games," he added.