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Full name Paul Andrew Smith
Born April 15, 1964, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland
Current age 50 years 348 days
Major teams Warwickshire
Nickname Moonman, Smithy
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Height 6 ft 2 in
Education Heaton Grammar School
|First-class span||1982 - 1996|
|List A span||1982 - 1996|
An aggressive batsman and fast - if erratic - bowler, Paul Smith was a talented allrounder with a variety of hairstyles, albeit one who never quite fulfilled his early promise. He made his maiden hundred aged 19 and in 1984 scored 1000 runs for the first time. In 1986 he was asked to open the innings with Andy Moles and he responded with 1500 runs. But he was then rather oddly dropped back down to the middle order and his batting was never quite as effective, becoming something of a bits and pieces player. His best season with the ball came in 1992 when he took 42 wickets, including four of his seven career five-fors, although he also grabbed two hat-tricks in 1989 and 1990.
He was really most effective in one-day cricket, playing a part in three winning Lord's finals and establishing himself as a key part of Warwickshire's one-day successes, and he was instrumental in their domestic treble of County Championship, Sunday League and B&H Cup - they lost the fourth and final prize, the NatWest Trophy, in the final.
Smith's career ended under a cloud, and after being released he sold a story of long-term drug abuse to a Sunday tabloid. The ECB reacted by banning him for two years, a rather pointless exercise given he was already out of the game. But his revelations cost him his marriage and his house, and left him a virtual down and out for a while before he made a courageous recovery.
He now works for the Prince's Trust in Britain and with downtown youths in LA in tough, violent districts.
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan