Perth - Australian captain Steve Smith is
confident his team can continue to excel, despite the retirement of another
stalwart of the side.
The retirement of feared paceman Mitchell
Johnson after the second Test against New Zealand at the WACA Ground continued
a changing of the guard for the Australian side.
Clarke has only been in the job for a few
months and is guiding a team missing six long-term players who have formed the
backbone of Australian cricket for many years.
In the last 12 months, former captain
Michael Clarke, opener Chris Rogers, all-rounder Shane Watson, seamer Ryan
Harris, wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and Johnson have all hung up their pads.
However, Smith said he was confident the
future was in good hands with their replacements.
"It is a really exciting
opportunity," Smith said.
"We have lost one of the great players
in Australian cricket in Mitchell Johnson and he had a phenomenal career.
"Going forward though, it is exciting
for this young group.
"We are going to have to work
extremely hard to get to where we want to get to, which is number one in the
word in all formats of the game."
Australian will announce their squad for
the third Test in Adelaide, starting on November 26, on Wednesday morning.
Smith said he would bat at number three,
while Usman Khawaja has been sidelined by a hamstring strain.
The Australians will need to replace
Johnson and Khawaja and there are suggestions Josh Hazlewood could be rested.
Misfiring all-rounder Mitchell Marsh is
also under pressure to retain his place in the side.