Cape Town - Cricket Australia (CA) on Friday announced that
Steve Smith will be the next captain of the Australian Test team following
Michael Clarke’s retirement at the end of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval in
The appointment was recommended by CA’s National Selection
Panel and endorsed at Cricket Australia’s August board meeting on Friday.
Smith, 26, will also take on the captaincy of the national
Twenty20 International team in the United Kingdom while Aaron Finch recovers
Meanwhile, directors have endorsed a recommendation for
opening batsman David Warner to serve as Smith’s deputy in the Test and one-day
Warner, 28, will become vice-captain in the upcoming series
of one-day internationals in Ireland and the UK followed by Australia’s Test
series against Bangladesh in September and October.
National Selector Rod Marsh said the appointments had been
made with an eye to the future
“We have had a clear succession plan in place for the
captaincy with Steve Smith gaining valuable experience leading the Australian
Test Team while Michael Clarke was recovering from injury last season,” said
Marsh who praised Smith’s performance over the summer when he became Australia’s
45th Test captain in Clarke’s absence.
“When Michael made his decision to retire last week it was a
very straight forward decision for us to nominate Steve as his successor.
“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
“He is highly regarded by the selectors and we congratulate
him on being appointed to the role on an ongoing basis. He should be incredibly
Marsh said Warner had been chosen to support Smith in the
Test and one-day international area.
“We have reached a point in time where we’ve had to look at
our leadership positions again with an eye to the future,” Marsh said.
“David has matured and developed into an important senior
figure in the Australian team. He has come a long way.
“He had valuable experience captaining the Sunrisers in the
IPL earlier this year and we are confident he will provide strong support to
Steve as his deputy.
“We believe that he will respond well to the added
responsibility of leadership.”
Commenting on the announcement, CA Chairman Wally Edwards
said: “The Board discussed the recommendation put forward by the selectors. We
have all seen Steve Smith’s clear leadership potential and believe he can
perform an excellent job for Australian cricket over many years.
“We supported the recommendation to appoint David Warner as
vice-captain, noting his role as a leading batsman, his development and
emergence as a leader within the team.
“We congratulate both men on their appointments.”