Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh
Josh Hazlewood (L) and Mitchell Marsh

Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood and allrounder Mitchell Marsh have been named as the joint vice-captains of the Australian Test team. Cricket Australia (CA) made the announcement on Thursday following a player vote and a formal interview.

However, Hazlewood will miss the upcoming Test series against Pakistan in the UAE due to injury leaving Marsh as the sole vice-captain to captain Tim Paine.

The rejig in leadership role comes after the ball-tampering scandal earlier this year in South Africa that resulted in Steve Smith and David Warner being stripped as captain and vice-captain respectively.

“I’m very proud,” Marsh was quoted as saying by on Thursday. “We’ve been through this process over the last couple of months as a team and to have my teammates vote me in and myself into this position, I’m very proud. Hopefully I’ll do the job justice.”

Hazelwood, 27, will just be the third specialist to become the vice-captain after Rodney Hogg and Jeff Thomson. Marsh is following in the footsteps of his father Geoff who was served as vice-captain under Allan Border in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

A player poll was conducted and afterward, the selected ones presented their case in front of a panel comprising coach Justin Langer, Greg Chappell, Mark Taylor, CA Board chairman David Peever, high performance manager Pat Howard, chief of selectors Trevor Hohns and psychologist Dr. Michael Lloyd.

The selection panel of Langer, Chappell and Horns subsequently made their recommendations to CA following which the announcement was made.

“It was not a process designed to find the next Australian Test Captain, but to find two vice-captains who will support and help drive the team s goals and objectives,” Hohns said.

“Justin Langer and Tim Paine have a clear vision for the Test team, and Josh and Mitch are invested and ready to support the coach and captain on this journey.

“Our vision is to create great cricketers and great people, and we are extremely fortunate to have such terrific young men charged with responsibility of upholding the high standards and values we and Australian cricket fans expect of their Test team.”