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Smith has emerged as the most likely skipper should Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin not be available for the Test series with India.
He lacks the pedigree of Test captains before him however, and any captaincy role would come well before he would have prepared for.
Smith has experience leading New South Wales in Sheffield Shield cricket and has been earmarked for a leadership role in the future.
But could it happen sooner than expected?