Smith excited to lead Australia into new era

Steve Smith says he is excited to be leading the Australia team into a new era when they take on Ireland in an ODI in Belfast on Thursday.

Smith, who was appointed as the new Aussie Test captain after the retirement of Michael Clarke after the recent Ashes series, will lead the world champions in their first match since winning the World Cup earlier this year.

The 26 year-old Smith knows he needs to lift the spirits of the players after suffering a demoralising Ashes defeat to their oldest rivals.

Currently the world's number one batsman in Test cricket, Smith wants to lead from the front and score plenty of runs for the team.

Smith said: "I'm very excited. Obviously, I've known for a little while now that I was going to be taking over the one-day squad, so I've been working pretty hard and preparing [for] everything coming up.

"The last time this group was together, we won a World Cup, so I don't think we have to change a whole heap. We're currently No.1 in the world. I think for us now, it's just about raising that bar and continuing to get better each day.

"Hopefully, first and foremost, I can keep making runs. That's pretty important to me – to make sure I'm leading from the front."

After the Ireland match, Australia will play five ODIs and a T20 against England.

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