Steve Smith (cricketer)

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Steve Smith
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Steve Smith in 2014
Personal information
Full name Steven Peter Devereux Smith
Born (1989-06-02) 2 June 1989 (age 29)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nickname Smudge, Smithy[1]
Batting style Right handed
Bowling style Right-arm leg spin
Role Top-order Batsman
International information
National side Australia
Test debut (cap 415) 13 July 2010 v Pakistan
Last Test 22-25 March 2018 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 182) 19 February 2010 v West Indies
Last ODI 28 September 2017 v India
ODI shirt no. 49
T20I debut (cap 43) 5 February 2010 v Pakistan
Last T20I 27 March 2016 v India
T20I shirt no. 49
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007–present New South Wales (squad no. 19)
2010 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2011 Worcestershire
2011 Kochi Tuskers Kerala
2011–present Sydney Sixers
2012–2013 Pune Warriors India
2013 Antigua Hawksbills
2014–2015 Rajasthan Royals
2016–2017 Rising Pune Supergiants
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 64 108 118 154
Runs scored 6,199 3,431 10,424 5,226
Batting average 61.37 41.84 57.27 45.44
100s/50s 23/24 8/19 37/44 10/32
Top score 239 164 239 164
Balls bowled 1,339 1,046 5,057 1,988
Wickets 17 27 67 46
Bowling average 54.88 34.48 52.86 38.78
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 3/18 3/16 7/64 3/16
Catches/stumpings 96/– 62/– 174/– 91/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 26 March 2018

Steven Peter Devereux Smith (born 2 June 1989) is an Australian international cricketer and former captain of the Australian national team.[2][3] As of May 2018, Smith is the top-ranked Test batsman in the world, according to the ICC Player Rankings.[4][5] On 30 December 2017 he reached a Test batting rating of 947, the second-highest of all time only behind Don Bradman's 961.[6] He is regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world.[7][8] He plays for New South Wales and Sydney Sixers in domestic cricket.[9][10] He is now serving a one-year ban following 2018 Australian ball-tampering scandal.

Although he was initially selected for Australia as a right-arm leg spinner,[11] Smith now plays primarily as a batsman.[12] After a few tests in 2010 and 2011, he has been a regular player in the Australian team since 2013, and took over captaincy from Michael Clarke in late 2015. Since then he has primarily batted at number 4.[13]

Awards he has won include the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year) in 2015; ICC Test Player of the Year in 2015, 2017;[14] the Allan Border Medal for the best player in Australian Cricket in 2015, 2018; Australian Test Player of the Year: 2015, 2018[15] and Australian One Day International Player of the Year: 2015.[15] He was named by Wisden as one of their Cricketers of the Year for 2015.[16][17] In 2014, Martin Crowe described Smith as one of the young Fab Four of Test Cricket along with Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli.[18][19]

In March 2018, Smith was widely criticised for overseeing ball tampering in the third Test against South Africa.[20][21] Following an investigation by Cricket Australia, Smith was banned from all international and domestic cricket for one year, and will not be considered for a leadership role for another year after that.[22]

Early life[change | change source]

Smith was born in Sydney to an Australian father, Peter, who has a degree in chemistry and works with pigments and waxes,[23] and an English mother, Gillian.[24]

Records[change | change source]

Suspension[change | change source]

In March 2018, Smith was widely criticised for overseeing ball tampering in the third Test against South Africa.[27][28]

Following an investigation by Cricket Australia, Smith was banned from international cricket for 12 months, and will not be considered for a leadership role for 12 months after that.[22]

References[change | change source]

  1. Barrett, Chris (15 December 2014). "Steve Smith pushes through shyness to become Australia's 45th Test captain". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  2. "Steve Smith – cricket.com.au". cricket.com.au. Retrieved 28 March 2018. 
  3. "Steven Smith". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 March 2018. 
  4. "Live Cricket Scores & News International Cricket Council". icc-cricket.com. Retrieved 28 March 2018. 
  5. "Smith, Ashwin top ICC Test rankings for 2015". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 December 2015. 
  6. "ICC Player Rankings". relianceiccrankings.com. Retrieved 28 March 2018. 
  7. "Ashes: Is Steve Smith the best since Donald Bradman?". BBC. 16 December 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2018. 
  8. Narayanan, Deepu (updated 20 September 2017) 100 reasons to celebrate Steve Smith. cricbuzz.com
  9. "Steven Smith's extraordinary 50". Retrieved 28 March 2018. 
  10. "Steven Smith Profile – ICC Ranking, Age, Career Info & Stats – Cricbuzz". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 28 March 2018. 
  11. Brettig, Daniel (20 September 2017) Smith's growth underlined by 100th game. Espncricinfo.com. Retrieved on 2018-05-26.
  12. Kimber, Jarrod (30 June 2017) My summer watching the big four. Espncricinfo.com.
  13. "Steven Smith – Player Profile – Test Cricket". howstat.com. Retrieved 28 March 2018. 
  14. "Steven Smith claims top ICC awards". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ciprofile.
  16. Brettig, Daniel. "Steven Smith – Wisden Cricketers of the Year 2015". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 7 August 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017. 
  17. Martin, Ali (13 April 2016). "Wisden 2016: Stokes, Bairstow, Smith, McCullum and Williamson are players of the year". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 7 August 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017. 
  18. "Test cricket's young Fab Four". ESPNcricinfo. 
  19. "Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Steven Smith, Kane Williamson 'Fab Four' of Tests: Martin Crowe". The Indian Express. 
  20. "Bancroft charged, Smith admits ball tampering ploy". Cricket.com.au. Retrieved 25 March 2018. 
  21. CNN, Lucie Morris-Marr,. "Australia cricket captain to sit out Test over ball-tampering scandal". CNN. Retrieved 26 March 2018. 
  22. 22.0 22.1 "Tampering trio learn their fate". cricket.com.au. Retrieved 28 March 2018. 
  23. Barrett, Chris (15 December 2014). "Steve Smith goes from teenage club sensation to Australian cricket captain". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  24. Bull, Andy (9 May 2010). "Steve Smith spins from England's grasp to boost Australia's attack". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  25. "Steve Smith World Cup match list". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2015-03-30. 
  26. "Reliance ICC Best-Ever Test Championship Rating". Reliance ICC Rankings. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  27. "Bancroft charged, Smith admits ball tampering ploy". Cricket.com.au. Retrieved 25 March 2018. 
  28. CNN, Lucie Morris-Marr,. "Australia cricket captain to sit out Test over ball-tampering scandal". CNN. Retrieved 26 March 2018. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Mitchell Johnson
Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy
2015
Succeeded by
Ravichandran Ashwin
Preceded by
Mitchell Johnson
ICC Test Player of the Year
2015
Succeeded by
Ravichandran Ashwin
Preceded by
Ravichandran Ashwin
ICC Test Player of the Year
2017
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Mitchell Johnson
Allan Border Medal
2015
Succeeded by
David Warner
Preceded by
David Warner
Allan Border Medal
2018
Succeeded by
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