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Clarke ready to play under Steve Smith

Injury-dogged Australian captain Michael Clarke says he’d have no problem playing under the Test leadership of stand-in skipper Steve Smith.

Furiously rehabbing to prove his fitness for the World Cup, Clarke has found himself battling on another front following a report claiming teammates had moved on and preferred the leadership of the younger Smith.

Clarke on Monday insisted his relationship with Australian teammates was “exceptional”.

Eight years Clarke’s junior, Smith enjoyed enormous success after taking over as Test skipper when Clarke suffered a hamstring injury requiring surgery.

He also made by a clean sweep of the three major Australian cricket awards at the Allan Border Medal night last week.


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