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Monday, 15 December 2014 - 13:44
Smith named Australia's stand-in captain
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Steven Smith will become Australia's 45th Test captain after being confirmed to replace Michael Clarke as leader for the remainder of the series against India.

Smith has officially taken over the Test vice-captaincy from Brad Haddin as Australia's selectors sought a more long-term solution than temporarily handing control to the 37-year-old Haddin.

Smith, had widely been tipped as the next full-time captain after Clarke but had not previously been groomed in an official capacity in the same way Clarke had been as vice-captain under Ricky Ponting.

However, the uncertainty surrounding Clarke's fitness given his ongoing hamstring and back problems prompted a rethink from the selectors.
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