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Australia: Steven Smith named new Test captain

Cricket Australia have announced that all-rounder Steven Smith will become the next captain of the Test team when Michael Clarke retires at the end of ongoing Ashes series.

Clarke, 34, is retiring from international cricket after the conclusion of fifth and final Test at The Oval, with England having already won the Ashes series as they lead 3-1.

“When Michael made his decision to retire last week it was a very straightforward decision for us to nominate Steve as his successor,” Australia selector Rod Marsh told reporters.

“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, 26, will also lead the Twenty20 internationals in Ireland and the UK due to Aaron Finch’s injury.

The opening batsman David Warner has been named as Smith’s vice-captain (deputy) in Test and one-day internationals.

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