Steve Smith (cricketer)

Steve Smith
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Smith in 2014
Personal information
Full nameSteven Peter Devereux Smith
Born (1989-06-02) 2 June 1989 (age 29)
Kogarah, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
NicknameSmudge, Smithy
Height176 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
BowlingRight-arm leg spin
RoleTop-order batsman
Dani Willis (m. 2018)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 415)13 July 2010 v Pakistan
Last Test22 March 2018 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 182)19 February 2010 v West Indies
Last ODI28 January 2018 v England
ODI shirt no.49
T20I debut (cap 43)5 February 2010 v Pakistan
Last T20I27 March 2016 v India
T20I shirt no.49
Domestic team information
2007–presentNew South Wales (squad no. 19)
2010Royal Challengers Bangalore
2011Kochi Tuskers Kerala
2011–presentSydney Sixers
2012–2013Pune Warriors India
2013Antigua Hawksbills
2014–2015Rajasthan Royals (squad no. 49)
2016–2017Rising Pune Supergiant (squad no. 49)
2018–presentBarbados Tridents (squad no. 49)
2019–presentThe Sixth Team (squad no. 49)
2019Comilla Victorians (squad no. 49)
Career statistics
Runs scored6,1993,43110,4245,226
Batting average61.3741.8457.2745.44
Top score239164239164
Balls bowled1,3391,0465,0571,988
Bowling average54.8834.4852.8638.78
5 wickets in innings0010
10 wickets in match0000
Best bowling3/183/167/643/16
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. On 30 December 2017, he reached a Test batting rating of 947, the second-highest of all time, only behind Don Bradman's 961. He was ranked top Test batsman in the world in 2015, 2016 and 2017, according to the ICC Player Rankings. At various times, Smith has been described as one of the best batsmen in the world and considered the "best since Bradman" due to his high batting average.[2][3] He played for New South Wales and Sydney Sixers in domestic cricket.

Although he was initially selected for Australia as a right-arm leg spinner, Smith later played primarily as a batsman. After a few matches in 2010 and 2011, he was a regular player in the Australian team after 2013, and took over captaincy from Michael Clarke in late 2015, after which he predominantly batted at number 3 or 4.

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; the Allan Border Medal for the best player in Australian Cricket in 2015, 2018; Australian Test Player of the Year: 2015, 2018 and Australian One Day International Player of the Year: 2015. He was named by Wisden as one of their Cricketers of the Year for 2015. 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.[4]

In March 2018, Smith was widely criticised for overseeing ball tampering in the third Test against South Africa, during which he stood down from the team captaincy and was replaced by Tim Paine. Following an investigation by Cricket Australia, Smith was banned from all international cricket and domestic cricket in Australia for one year, and will not be considered for a leadership role for another year after that.

Early and personal life

Steve Smith was born on 2 June 1989 in Kogarah, Sydney to an Australian father, Peter, who has a degree in chemistry,[5] and an English mother, Gillian. Smith attended Menai High School, and left at age 17 to play cricket in England where he played club cricket for Sevenoaks Vine in the premier division of the Kent Cricket League. He did so well for Sevenoaks that he was picked to play for Surrey's second XI.[6][7][8]

Because his mother was born in London, Smith has dual British and Australian citizenship.[9] In 2011, Smith started dating Dani Willis, a commerce and law student at Macquarie University.[10] In June 2017, the couple announced their engagement while on holiday in New York.[11] The couple married at Berrima, New South Wales on 15 September 2018.[12]