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.
— Cricket Australia (@CAComms) August 14, 2015
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.
It’s an honour and privilege to be given the opportunity to Captain the Australian Cricket Team. I’m really excited about what lies ahead.
— Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) August 14, 2015
The opening batsman David Warner has been named as Smith’s vice-captain (deputy) in Test and one-day internationals.
Very proud to be @steve_smith49 VC. I worked hard to turn things around and am determined to serve with dignity. We have one game to go and as this man leads us out for one last time it has been an honour playing under and alongside him. He has backed me every time since I started my career and can’t thank him enough. @michaelclarkeofficial #Ashes2015