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Steve Smith
Smith in 2014
Personal information
Full name Steven Peter Devereux Smith
Born 2 June 1989 (1989-06-02) (age 32)
Kogarah, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nickname Smudge, Smithy
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
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 3 January 2020 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 182) 19 February 2010 v West Indies
Last ODI 13 March 2020 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 49
T20I debut (cap 43) 5 February 2010 v Pakistan
Last T20I 26 February 2020 v South Africa
T20I shirt no. 49
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007/08–present New South Wales
2011 Worcestershire
2011/12–2013/14 Sydney Sixers
2012–2013 Pune Warriors
2014–2015; 2019 Rajasthan Royals
2016–2017 Rising Pune Supergiant
2018 Barbados Tridents
2019 Comilla Victorians
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 73 125 39 131
Runs scored 7,227 4,162 681 11,707
Batting average 62.84 42.46 29.60 57.95
100s/50s 26/29 9/25 0/4 42/49
Top score 239 164 90 239
Balls bowled 1,381 1,076 291 5,189
Wickets 17 28 17 68
Bowling average 56.47 34.67 22.17 52.98
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 3/18 3/16 3/20 7/64
Catches/stumpings 117/– 67/– 21/– 200/–

Steven Peter Devereux Smith (born 2 June 1989) is an Australian international cricketer and former captain of the Australian national team. As of May 2018, Smith is the top-ranked Test batsman in the world, according to the ICC Player Rankings. 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 is regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world. He plays for New South Wales and Sydney Sixers in domestic cricket.

Although he was initially selected for Australia as a right-arm leg spinner, Smith now plays primarily as a batsman. 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.

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.

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

Early life

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

Records

  • He holds the record for the most consecutive 50+ scores in World Cup history with 5 such scores in the 2015 Cricket World Cup
  • The second highest Test batting rating of 947, only behind Don Bradman's 961.

Suspension

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

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.

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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