Steve Smith (cricketer)

Steve Smith
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Smith in 2014
Personal information
Full name Steven Peter Devereux Smith
Born (1989-06-02) 2 June 1989 (age 28)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nickname Smudge [1]
Height 176 cm (5 ft 9 in) [2]
Batting Right handed
Bowling Right-arm leg spin
Role Top-order Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap  415) 13 July 2010 v  Pakistan
Last Test 4 January 2018 v  England
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 61 103 110 149
Runs scored 6,057 3,329 9,688 5,124
Batting average 63.75 43.23 57.32 46.58
100s/50s 23/23 8/19 35/41 10/32
Top score 239 164 239 164
Balls bowled 1,279 1,046 4,944 1,988
Wickets 17 27 65 46
Bowling average 53.35 34.48 53.63 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 85/– 60/– 158/– 89/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 18 December 2017

Steven Peter Devereux Smith (born 2 June 1989) is an Australian international cricketer, and currently the captain of the Australia national cricket team across all three formats. He also represents New South Wales Blues, and Sydney Sixers in domestic cricket. [3]

Although he was initially selected for Australia as an all-rounder who could bowl right-arm leg spin, [4] Smith now plays primarily as a batsman. [5] After a few tests in 2010 and 2011, he has been a regular player in the Australian team since 2013, and the captain since late 2015. Since taking over the full-time captaincy from Michael Clarke, he has mainly batted at number 4.

As of December 2017, Smith is the top-ranked Test batsman in the world, according to the ICC Player Rankings. [6] On 30 December 2017 he reached a Test batting rating of 947, the second highest of all time only behind Sir Don Bradman's 961. [7]

Awards he has won include the 2015 Allan Border Medal for the best player in Australian Cricket; and the 2015 Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for being named the ICC Cricketer of the Year as well as Test Cricketer of the Year for the 2014–15 season. [8] 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. [9] [10]

Early life

Smith was born in Sydney to an Australian father, Peter, who has a degree in chemistry and works with pigments and waxes, [11] and an English mother, Gillian. [12] He was educated at Menai High School, but at the age of 17 he dropped out of the Higher School Certificate (HSC) to play cricket in England. [13] [14]