Michael Clarke will retire after the fifth Test of the current Ashes series. That will mark the beginning of the charge of Steve Smith captain at the Australia Test cricket side.
The fifth Test of the 2015 Ashes series will be played between 20 and 24 August. England already secured the trophy after reaching a 3-1 lead in the last Test at Trent Bridge. However, the last Test will mark the end of Michael Clarke’s captaincy at the Australia Test cricket team. He and a list of other senior players will retire from international cricket then. This means that a new era will begin with Steve Smith captain. The 26-year-old, who filled in for Clarke when he was injured last year, was announced as the Aussie Test side’s new skipper. Steve Smith captains the one-day side as well, and he will step in as skipper for Aaron Finch at the Twenty20 outfit too.
England are 2.30 (13/10) favourites to win the fifth test according to Bet365. Australia are 2.62 (13/8) underdogs with draw priced at 4.33 (10/3). Steve Smith and his future deputy David Warner are both available at 8.00 (7/1) on the top batsman market.
Michael Clarke will retire after the Ashes. This means that Australia will have a new Test captain. The 26-year-old Steve Smith captains the one day outfit, and he will take over as Test skipper, gambling news report. He will fill in for Aaron Finch too, as Twenty20 captain. Opening batsman David Warner will be the deputy of Steve Smith captain.
National selector, Rod Marsh commented the news highlighting how highly rated Smith is. He said, “At 26, Steve is a fine young man with extraordinary talent. He is highly regarded by the selectors and we congratulate him on being appointed to the role on an ongoing basis. He should be incredibly proud.”
The 34-year-old Clarke announced his retirement after England won the fourth test, handing a heavy defeat to Australia at Trent Bridge. England went 3-1 ahead and secured the victory before the fifth Test, as many followers of live sports results might know. Steve Smith captain skippered Australia in three Tests already against India last summer.
It was announced that by the Steve Smith captain era a new period will begin at Australia’s Test side after the Ashes. Current Test captain Michael Clarke will retire from international cricket after the ongoing Ashes series. The news about Steve Smith captaining the Aussie Test side in the future came after the 26-year-old was named as skipper for one-day internationals against Ireland and England.
Steve Smith captains the Twenty20 team as well, until Aaron Finch is out injured. As a deputy of Clarke, Steve Smith captained the Aussie’s Test team already on three occasions. Rod Marsh national selector told to online mobile news that the Steve Smith captain project was planned. He said, “We have had a clear succession plan in place for the captaincy with Steve Smith gaining valuable experience leading the Australian Test team while Michael Clarke was recovering from injury last season.”
He added, “When Michael made his decision to retire last week it was a very straightforward decision for us to nominate Steve as his successor. He has big shoes to fill but everything about him suggests he is the right man for the job.”
After the final Test of the 2015 Ashes series will be concluded, skipper Michael Clarke will retire from international cricket. The job goes for Steve Smith captain, the one-day side’s skipper, sports scores news report. He was also regarded as Australia’s best batsman recently.
It is expected that Brad Haddin, Chris Rogers and Shane Watson would also retire after the fifth Test. Ryan Harris had to finish playing cricket for Australia before the first Test after another knee injury. It seems that Steve Smith captain will lead a reorganized team in October. The Aussie’s will appear then in Bangladesh on a two-Test tour.
David Warner was named as Steve Smith captain’s deputy. National selector Rod Marsh commented Warner’s appointment emphasizing his role in the Australia Test side. He said, “We have reached a point in time where we’ve had to look at our leadership positions again with an eye to the future. David has matured and developed into an important senior figure in the Australian team. He has come a long way. We believe that he will respond well to the added responsibility of leadership.”