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Ashes Australian opener David Warner keen to be Steve Smith's vice-captain

David Warner believes he would work well as Steve Smith's deputy if the latter was appointed Australia captain when Michael Clarke retires.

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David Warner would relish the opportunity to be Steve Smith's deputy if the batsman is named as successor to Australia captain Michael Clarke as expected.

Clarke last weekend announced he will retire from international cricket after England regained the Ashes with a resounding innings and 78 runs win at Trent Bridge, the final Test at The Oval to be the 34-year-old's last appearance.

Smith was quickly installed as favourite to replace Clarke upon his retirement, and Warner believes he could offer great support to the current vice-captain.

"We've played a lot of cricket together - I've played under Smudge [Smith]," he told ESPNcricinfo. "He's got great ideas and I feel that I definitely can work with him.

"But at the end of the day it's up to the board and selected to move forward with that."

Warner has hit the headlines for the wrong reasons on and off the field during his career, but the opening batsman said he has learned his lessons and matured.

He added: "Go back two years my life probably wasn't in the right direction. I needed to be put back in my place a little bit.

"Since then I think I've turned a lot around. I've got a lot of hundreds and I'm playing a good brand of cricket.

"I've got to keep moving forward and that's my job is to score runs. And if I keep doing that the rest will take care of itself."

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