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Steve Smith

Batter

Did you know?

Now a vital cog in Australia's batting unit, Smith initially made his name as a bowler - He was New South Wales' leading wicket-taker in the 2007-08 KFC T20 competition.

RUNS
4162
AVERAGE
42.47

Steve Smith

Batter

Did you know?

Now a vital cog in Australia's batting unit, Smith initially made his name as a bowler - He was New South Wales' leading wicket-taker in the 2007-08 KFC T20 competition.

RUNS
7227
AVERAGE
62.84

Steve Smith

Batter

Did you know?

Now a vital cog in Australia's batting unit, Smith initially made his name as a bowler - He was New South Wales' leading wicket-taker in the 2007-08 KFC T20 competition.

RUNS
681
AVERAGE
29.61

Batter

Bats Right Hand.
Bowls Right Arm Leg-Spin

AGE
30
HEIGHT
176CM
BORN

St George

COUNTRY

Australia

Australia
STATE

NSW

NSW
LOCAL CLUB

Sutherland

Bio

A career that has seen him transform from being a full-time leg-spinner to one of the best batsmen in modern-day cricket, Steve Smith’s story is one for the ages.

Making his first-class debut in 2008, he played for New South Wales against Western Australia. Two years later he was given his Baggy Green in a Test match against Pakistan, where he batted at No.8 and took three wickets as the front-line spinner in Australia’s win.

Later dropped from the Australian team due to a poor run at the 2010-11 Ashes, Smith turned to domestic cricket to regain form and confidence. After a recall to the Test side in 2013, he displayed extraordinary improvement, starting with his maiden Test ton at the Oval, later followed by centuries at Perth and Sydney during Australia’s 5-0 whitewash in the 2013-14 Ashes.

Smith became Australia’s 45th Test captain during the series against India in 2014-15, filling in for an injured Michael Clarke. It turned out to be a landmark series for him as he went onto post tons in all four Tests.

Reaching No.1 in the ICC Test batsman rankings for the first time in June 2015, he was also awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year the same year.

2017 was the year that his excellent form became astonishing, starting off with three Test tons while touring India and three more in the triumphant Ashes series the following summer, improving his Test batting average until it stood second only to Sir Donald Bradman.

However, the sandpaper scandal that erupted in Cape Town in 2018 – which he took responsibility for in a post-match press conference – saw him stripped of the captaincy, banned from playing for 12 months and handed a two-year restriction from holding a leadership position in Australian cricket.

In his first Test back – the opening one of the 2019 Ashes series – he scored an incredible 144 to inspire Australia to victory after a horrible start, going on to dominate the series as his side retained the Ashes.

MATCHES
125
DEBUT
2010
CAP NO
182
BEST BATTING
164
BEST BOWLING
3 - 16
Bowling
WICKETS
28
AVERAGE
34.68
ECONOMY
5.41
S/R
38.43
5W
0
10W/M
0
Batting
RUNS
4162
INNINGS
110
NOT OUTS
12
AVERAGE
42.47
100s
9
50s
25
MATCHES
73
DEBUT
2010
CAP NO
415
BEST BATTING
239
BEST BOWLING
3 - 18
Bowling
WICKETS
17
AVERAGE
56.47
ECONOMY
4.17
S/R
81.24
5W
0
10W/M
0
Batting
RUNS
7227
INNINGS
131
NOT OUTS
16
AVERAGE
62.84
100s
26
50s
29
MATCHES
39
DEBUT
2010
CAP NO
43
BEST BATTING
90
BEST BOWLING
3 - 20
Bowling
WICKETS
17
AVERAGE
22.18
ECONOMY
7.77
S/R
17.12
5W
0
10W/M
0
Batting
RUNS
681
INNINGS
31
NOT OUTS
8
AVERAGE
29.61
100s
0
50s
4

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