David Warner will captain Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League this season in the absence of injured regular skipper Rishabh Pant.
The Capitals confirmed on Thursday that Warner had been selected to stand in for Pant, who is recovering from a serious car accident.
Pant's car caught fire in December causing multiple injuries that required surgery earlier this year. He has been ruled out of cricket for 2023.
Head coach Ricky Ponting was among the figures to make the decision to name Warner as captain, meaning Axar Patel will again serve as vice-captain as he did in the 2022 campaign.
"Rishabh has been a terrific leader for Delhi Capitals, and we're all going to miss having him around," Warner said in a team statement.
"I would like to thank the management for the faith and trust they've always shown in me.
"This franchise has always been home for me, and I couldn't be more excited to lead such a supremely talented bunch of players."
David Warner— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 16, 2023
All set to roar loud this #IPL2023 under the leadership of these two dynamic southpaws #YehHaiNayiDilli | @davidwarner31 @akshar2026 pic.twitter.com/5VfgyefjdH
Warner was an IPL winner with Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016 and returned to Delhi last season, having previously played for the franchise when they were known as the Daredevils.
The batter is set to play in a three-match ODI series for Australia against India ahead of the IPL, which starts on March 31.
He will be spending much of the year in India, with those two commitments helping his preparation for the Cricket World Cup, which is being held in the country from October.
Warner, 36, was the leading run-scorer for the Capitals in last year's IPL, tallying five fifties and a total of 432 runs at an average of 48 and a strike rate of 151.
However, Delhi narrowly missed making the play-offs, the first time in four seasons they had failed to qualify. Gujarat Titans took the title in their first season.