“I hope I can give the same leadership that Tim (Paine) has given the group over the last few years.
“With Steve and I as captains, a number of very senior players in this squad and some great young talent coming through, we are a strong and close-knit group. This is an unexpected privilege for which I am very grateful and see a lot. until, “he added.
While Smith said he looks forward to helping Cummins in his new role.
“I am pleased to return to the leadership of the team and look forward to helping and assisting Pat in any way I can,” Smith said in a statement.
“Pat and I have been playing together for a long time, so we know our respective styles well.”
Smith further said that the Australian team has unity and that the players want to play collective and positive cricket.
“We are also good friends, as is the whole group. As a team we want to play good, positive cricket and also really enjoy each other’s company.
“There are exciting times ahead when we focus on the ashes and beyond,” he added.