Maxwell: Smith more personable than Clarke


Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has revealed that skipper Steve Smith is a more personable captain than predecessor Michael Clarke was, and Maxwell feels more comfortable around Smith.

Smith took over as captain from Clarke after the Ashes last year, and recently became the T20 skipper to take control of all three formats. Maxwell feels that Smith balances the captain-friend line better than Clarke did.

Maxwell said: "Steve is quite laid back. He doesn't shy away from asking anyone to come to the bar for a drink, talk about the game or just chill out.

"He gets his back up when we aren't playing well and gives a decent spray but he's very outgoing and still one of the boys.

"Whereas, I think Clarke was the ultimate professional, tactically brilliant and everyone looked up to him. But he didn't really have that same personal side.

"For me as a young person, I sort of felt like he wanted to keep himself as the captain and make sure people knew that.

"There's no right or wrong way to go about it, they're all just trying to get the best out of people in different ways… and you still see bits of 'Pup' (Clarke) in Steve as well."

Both Maxwell and Smith are playing in the Indian Premier League, with Maxwell turning out for the Kings XI Punjab, while Smith plays for the Rising Pune Supergiants.