Australia have appointed the 25-year-old Steven Smith as the captian of their Test side in the absence of Michael Clarke for the remainder of the ongoing four-match Test series versus India.

Steven Smith, 25, was named Australia’s new vice captain Monday but will lead the side for the rest of the four-match Test series against India after a hamstring injury ruled out regular skipper Michael Clarke for an uncertain period.

Smith, the boy-faced batsman, whose talent and temperament saw him earmarked as a future leader almost from the time he cemented a place in the national team, will have wicketkeeper Brad Haddin as his deputy in the remaining three Tests, Cricket Australia (CA) said in a statement.

Smith’s appointment was recommended by the National Selection Panel Sunday night in the wake of Clarke’s potentially long-term hamstring injury and was formally ratified by the Cricket Australia (CA).

“These are difficult circumstances given Michael’s injury and the fact that we don’t know how long he will be out of the game,” National Selector Rod Marsh said, IANS reported.