Clarke ver­sus Smith

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

Feb 7: Tot­ten­ham v Ar­se­nal, Man City v Hull, Le­ices­ter v Crys­tal Palace, Swansea City v Sun­der­land, Queens Park Rangers v Southamp­ton, As­ton Villa v Chelsea, Ever­ton v Liver­pool. Feb 8: Burn­ley v West Brom, New­cas­tle v Stoke, West Ham v Man U. — Reuters BRIS­BANE — Australia cricket cap­tain Michael Clarke (pic­tured) says he “most def­i­nitely” would play un­der Steve Smith if Cricket Australia rules Smith should be­come his per­ma­nent re­place­ment.

Smith re­placed Clarke dur­ing his slow re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion from ham­string surgery and his form and lead­er­ship have led to spec­u­la­tion his ap­point­ment might be­come per­ma­nent.

Clarke said he knew what Smith was go­ing through be­cause “I sat in his shoes” when he suc­ceeded Ricky Ponting as cap­tain.

“It’s cer­tainly not per­sonal be­tween Smithy and I,” he said. “The peo­ple that sit above both him and I will make their de­ci­sions. What­ever they feel are the best 11 play­ers, they will pick that 11. Who­ever they feel is the best cap­tain for the team then they’ll pick that.” — Sapa-ap

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