Smith named Aus­tralia's new Test cap­tain


Crick­eter Steven Smith was Fri­day named Aus­tralia's new Test cap­tain to re­place Michael Clarke, who will re­tire af­ter the cur­rent Ashes se­ries, Cricket Aus­tralia said. David Warner, 28, will be the Test team's vice-cap­tain. "When Michael made his de­ci­sion to re­tire last week it was a very straight­for­ward de­ci­sion for us to nom­i­nate Steve as his suc­ces­sor," chief na­tional se­lec­tor Rod Marsh said in a state­ment. "He has big shoes to fill but ev­ery­thing about him sug­gests he is the right man for the job. At 26, he is a fine young man with ex­tra­or­di­nary tal­ent, ex­cel­lent lead­er­ship qual­i­ties and a ter­rific tem­per­a­ment." Smith will also be Aus­tralia's T20 cap­tain dur­ing their tour of the Bri­tish Isles due to Aaron Finch's in­jury.

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