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Storm captain Cameron Smith.

Former Melbourne Storm, Queensland and Australia captain Cameron Smith has announced he will join Channel Nine's commentary team in 2021.

Smith will reunite with representative teammates Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater at Nine.

"I'm excited to be joining Nine's Wide World of Sports and being a part of the biggest rugby league matches of the year, including State of Origin and the NRL grand final," Smith told Nine's Wide World of Sports.

"I grew up listening to Ray Warren, so to now join him in the commentary box for these history making moments is surreal and very humbling.

"JT and Billy have transitioned seamlessly since stepping off the field and I can't wait to join them at Nine. It's going to be a big challenge, but I'm looking forward to starting this next phase of my career."

Smith, 37, is the highest-capped player in rugby league history with a record 430 NRL games, 42 State of Origin appearances and 56 Tests for Australia.

He made his NRL debut in 2002 as a halfback before making the transition to dummy half, where he revolutionised the game.

After keeping the rugby league world guessing for many months, he suddenly announced his retirement in March at a statue unveiling alongside Slater at AAMI Park.

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