Clarke misinterpreted my discussion with Azhar, says Steven Smith

"It (the spray from Clarke) wasn't what I expected, but that happens I gues"

“It (the spray from Clarke) wasn’t what I expected, but that happens I gues”

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Australia batsman Steven Smith has announced that captain Michael Clarke misinterpreted his discussion with Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali during the recently concluded Test series, which the Baggy Greens lost 2-0.

Clarke told Smith to keep his mouth shut after he was constantly speaking to Ali on the first day of the second Test in Abu Dhabi.

However, Smith revealed that he was actually trying to sledge Ali instead of having a friendly chat with him.

“I was actually getting into him,” Smith said. “So it (the spray from Clarke) wasn’t what I expected, but that happens I guess.

“We like to play good, hard, tough, aggressive cricket when we’re out in the field. That’s the way we like to play, so we’ll continue to do that.”

Meanwhile, Smith also stated that he doesn’t mind where he bats since being included in the team and winning matches are his main priorities.

“I am happy at the moment wherever I am batting to be honest,” Smith said. “That’s up to Michael and the coaching staff I guess.

“For me, it’s about batting wherever I am told and trying to get as many runs and win games for Australia as I can.”

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