Brisbane - Steve Smith pledged to maintain
Australia's aggressive approach and lead by example on Wednesday as he takes
charge as full-time captain in the Test series opener against New Zealand in Brisbane.
Smith echoed opener David Warner when he
derided New Zealand's "nice guy act", but he said hostilities would
be put on hold - for one Test only - when the teams share a dressing-room beer
after the Brisbane Test as part of Anzac commemorations.
Smith filled in as skipper for the injured
Michael Clarke in three Tests against India in the 2014-2015 home series, but
he now has the job in his own right following Clarke's retirement.
The 26-year-old has become the world's
number two batsman behind England's Joe Root after a phenomenal seven Test
centuries in the last 11 months, and is looking to continue that form against
"For me as a leader my philosophy is
to make sure that I am leading from the front, that's really important to
me," Smith told a Test-eve media conference at Brisbane's Gabba ground.
"I think last year when I got the
opportunity to captain I did that and I would like some of the same results as
Following the example of Clarke and coach
Darren Lehmann, Smith said he would make sure Australia continued as a
"We're just going to go out and do
what we've done so well in Australia the last couple of years. We're going to
continue to play a hard, aggressive brand of cricket, and we're not going to
cross that line," he said.
In contrast to the more accommodating
approach of Brendon McCullum's Kiwi team, Smith left no doubt how the
Australians would tackle the three-Test series.
"They've come over and they're playing
that nice guy act again, but we are going to continue to play the hard,
aggressive brand that we play so well," Smith said.
The feisty Warner on Tuesday chided the
Kiwis for inviting the England team into their dressing room for beer during a
Test match in England this year, which he said was "not common -- you do
it after a Test series."
But Smith said that after he and McCullum
laid a wreath in Brisbane to mark the centenary of the Australia and New
Zealand Army Corps (Anzac), he had invited the New Zealand team into the
Australian dressing-room for a drink after the Gabba Test.
"It's basically only for this Test
match, because I think it's a special week, a 100 years since the first world
war," Smith said.
"So we're going to invite them in for
a drink, it's a special week."
New Zealand are chasing their first series
win in Australia for 30 years. No team has beaten Australia at their Gabba
fortress since 1988.