Steve Smith will captain Australia for the rest of the Test series against India, Cricket Australia has announced.
He replaces Michael Clarke who suffered a serious hamstring injury during the first Test in Adelaide two days ago.
The 25-year-old will become Australia’s 45th and third youngest Test captain at the match against India in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Cricket Australia has named wicketkeeper Brad Haddin as vice-captain.
The chairman of selectors, Rod Marsh, said in a statement: “We congratulate Steve on the wonderful honour of leading his country.
“He is an exceptional young man who is highly regarded by the National Selection Panel not only for his fine performances with the bat but also his maturity and clear leadership potential.”
The captaincy was expected to go to Haddin, but the Australia selectors preferred Smith who has played just 23 Tests but has previously captained New South Wales.
Michael Clarke told a news conference on Saturday that there was a chance that he would never play again: “I hope that is not the case, but you have to be realistic as well.”
The 33-year-old was injured while fielding during
in the first Test at Adelaide.
Clarke also needed treatment on Tuesday on his long-term back injury after retiring hurt while batting.
Clarke was a doubt for the first Test, which was due to start at the Gabba on 4 December, with the left hamstring injury he sustained playing against South Africa in November.
However, the Brisbane Test
on 27 November, and Clarke says he was determined to play in the Adelaide Test, the first match after Hughes’s death.
“I have no regrets about playing this Test and I have no regrets about going back onto the field after I retired hurt. This was the most important Test match of my career,” he said.