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Warner the perfect foil for skipper Smith

AAP logoAAP 1/11/2016 Justin Chadwick

Australian captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner are like chalk and cheese, and it's just the way they like it.

Former Australian paceman Rodney Hogg expressed concerns about Warner's promotion to the vice-captaincy last year, predicting it would be a bad mix with Smith.

But the pair's stark personality differences have become somewhat of a strength as Australian cricket enters a new era.

Warner is the brash extrovert who isn't afraid to publicly express his opinions - even if it gets him into trouble from time to time.

Smith, on the other hand, is far more measured and calculating.

Together, they've formed a unique leadership pairing that has resonated well with the player group.

"We are pretty much chalk and cheese. He likes his crosswords - I don't like crosswords," Warner said with a laugh.

"But at the end of the day, we're on the same lines when it comes to cricket and that's the most-important thing.

"For me, it's about making his job easier - doing the little things around the group to make sure his job is just solely based on being tactical out on the field, bowling changes etc.

"And away from the field, just making sure the troops are upbeat and ready to go.

"If anyone needs anything, I ask the guys to come to me (so) Smudge can just think about what he has to do for the Test match coming up."

Warner's partnership with Smith isn't his only quirky pairing within the Test team.

The 30-year-old is looking forward to rejoining forces with Shaun Marsh at the top of the order for the first Test against South Africa starting on Thursday at the WACA Ground.

Warner is one of the most-explosive openers in world cricket.

In contrast, Marsh's strike rate sits at just 48 over his stop-start 18-Test career.

"He likes to leave a lot of balls early on in his innings. I'm a bit different - I like to feel bat on ball," Warner said.

"But we work very well together.

"We've batted together in one-dayers and Test matches.

"We know each other very well. I was fortunate the selectors have gone that way instead of picking someone who was fresh and new."

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