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Ashes David Warner named Australia vice-captain under Steve Smith

Steve Smith will have David Warner as his right-hand man when Australian cricket begins its post-Michael Clarke era.

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Cricket Australia has confirmed Steve Smith will take over the leadership of the Test side from Michael Clarke, while David Warner has been named his vice-captain.

At the end of the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, Clarke announced he is to retire from the international game following the series finale at the Oval, which begins on Thursday.

Smith, who captained the side against India in Clarke's absence earlier this year, was widely expected to take over the role, and will also lead the Twenty20 side on the current tour in the absence of the injured Aaron Finch.

The appointment of vice-captain was less clear-cut, with Warner's strong form and secure place in the side seeing him get the nod, and the left-hander will also serve under Smith for the one-day international team.

"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 national selector Rod Marsh.

"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 temperament.

"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 proud."

On Warner, Marsh added: "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."

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