Steve Smith the way forward for Australia - Jim Maxwell

Australian cricket commentator Jim Maxwell says the selection of Steve Smith as Australia's incoming Test captain is "the way forward", but expects "a little anxiety" over the transition of the team.

Smith, 26, already leads the one-day side and will take over the Test role after the Ashes following Michael Clarke's decision to retire at the end of the series.

Fellow batsman David Warner, 28, has been named as Smith's vice-captain and Maxwell says he is "the obvious choice" for the role of No.2, despite his previous misdemeanours with the Australian side.