Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 16th 2014 Contents SYDNEY---Steve Smith will begin
his tenure as Australia s youngest
Test cricket captain in more than 30
years with the blessing of the man
he is replacing and of the senior
teammate at whose expense he has
Smith was named yesterday to cap-
tain Australia in the remaining three
Tests of its four-Test series against
India in place of Michael Clarke, who
has been forced to miss the rest of
the series with back and hamstring
Smith was elevated to the role ahead
of wicketkeeper Brad Haddin who was
Australia's vice-captain under Clarke
and now becomes deputy to Smith.
Smith said Clarke had warmly sup-
ported his appointment and Haddin
was "proud as punch" at his achieve-
At 25, Smith will become Australia's
45th Test captain when he leads the
team onto Brisbane's Gabba ground
tomorrow and its third youngest cap-
tain ever, after Ian Clarke who was 22
when he was first appointed, and Kim
Hughes who was also 25 but younger
than Smith by several months.
Smith told reporters at a news con-
ference yesterday that he had been in
touch with Clarke who was excited
at his appointment.
"He's really proud of me," Smith said.
"He said to me this morning he's really
excited for me this week to lead Aus-
In essence, Clarke remains the Aus-
tralian captain and Smith has taken
over from Haddin as vice-captain
but will act as stand-in captain
for the remainder of the India
series in Clarke's absence.
But the selectors and Cricket
Australia high performance man-
ager Pat Howard made it clear
Monday that Smith was preferred
to 37-year-old Haddin because he
is seen to be a more long term
prospect in the captaincy role.
"I think the panel and the board
have been strong in showing their
hand and looking fora a longer
term solution," Howard said.
"The nature of Michael's injury,
and we'll get a better prognosis
over the next 24 or 48 hours, was
a big factor in making this call."
Chairman of selectors Rod
Marsh said Haddin had been the
first choice to replace Clarke, but
the seriousness of Clarke's injuries
forced a change of approach.
"Brad Haddin has done an
exceptional job as vice-captain
since assuming the role last year
and will provide strong support to
Steve, just as he has done to
Michael," said Marsh.
Smith said he would lean on the
experience of senior players such
as Haddin as he eased himself into
"As a captain I think first and
foremost I'll try and lead from the
front with my performance on the
field and, in regards to tactics and
everything, I think we've been
pretty good this year," Smith said.
"I know coming out here the
senior guys will all support me 100
percent and I know Brad Haddin,
who I'm very close with, as the
vice-captain will be right behind
There has been speculation for
some time that Smith was favoured
as Clarke's successor, even though
the test against India starting this
week will only be his 24th for Aus-
"I'm only a temporary solution
at the minute because Michael's
out injured unfortunately. It's just
about going out there and backing
myself to do well which is first of
all scoring runs and leading from
the front and also coming up with
some good tactics as well," Smith
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MELBOURNE---Australia cricket cap-
tain Michael Clarke will undergo sur-
gery on his right hamstring today after
doctors said he had sustained "sub-
stantial damage" to the tendon during
the first Test against India.
After injuring his back on the first
day, retiring injured and then returning
the following day to complete a century,
Clarke left the Adelaide Oval match
during the final session Saturday after
he sustained his fourth hamstring injury
in the past three months.
Australian team doctor Peter Brukner
said in a statement yesterday that while
"surgery is not always required ...
Michael has substantial damage to a
key part of the hamstring tendon. His
recovery and the timing of his return
to play will be dependent on the sur-
geon's advice and how well he recovers
in the coming weeks." (AP)
This series was always framed within
the wider narrative of an impending
World Cup, with player form and plan-
ning of more immediate significance
than the series result. Sri Lanka have
wrapped things up with a game to
spare, meaning that they can revel in
the last home ODI appearances of
Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar San-
gakkara in front of what is expected
to be a bumper crowd at the Pre-
The teams have returned to Colombo,
where it all kicked off three weeks ago.
The memory of Moeen Ali's maiden
hundred in the first match will provide
kindling for England's fire over the win-
ter, as will the contributions of Joe Root,
James Taylor and Chris Woakes.
For some, the World Cup torch is
flickering only faintly. Alastair Cook has
both the 100 percent backing of the
selectors and no guarantee of leading
the side at the tournament. His search
for a notable score goes on.
Losing 4-3 in Sri Lanka would actually
be quite a respectable result but for that
to happen England have to break their
Colombo duck. They have lost all three
matches at the Premadasa so far and,
from the look of the dry and dusty pitch,
will again be out of their comfort zone.
Both teams could experiment, with
little on the line beyond pride and Cook's
personal quest. Sri Lanka have resisted
the urge to uncork their latest genie, the
chinaman bowler Lakshan Sandakan,
but a dead rubber against England on
a turning pitch will test that resolve.
"At the nets he looks a decent bowler.
It all depends on whether he is good
enough for this level. Bringing him in
right now, it's all about us making sure
if we're confident enough to take him
to the World Cup," said Jayawardene on
a potential debut for Sandakan.
Peter Moores has suggested England
will "give opportunities" to those in the
squad, with this match representing a
final chance to stake a claim ahead of
World Cup selection.
Steven Smith to become Australia's 45th Test captain
Clarke to undergo
surgery on hamstring
England look to
break Colombo duck
Australia's Steven Smith hits one hard towards the bowler earlier this
month in the first Test against India in Adelaide.
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