Full name Edward Thomas Smith
Born July 19, 1977, Pembury, Kent
Current age 38 years 12 days
Major teams England, Cambridge University, Kent, Middlesex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Other Commentator, Journalist, Author
Height 6 ft 2 in
Education Tonbridge School, Cambridge University
|Test debut||England v South Africa at Nottingham, Aug 14-18, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v South Africa at The Oval, Sep 4-8, 2003 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Middlesex v Essex at Lord's, Jun 6-9, 2008 scorecard|
|List A debut||1997|
|Last List A||Middlesex v Essex at Lord's, May 28, 2008 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Kent v Surrey at Canterbury, Jun 23, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Middlesex v Essex at Lord's, Jun 12, 2008 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|33||Middlesex||v Essex||Lord's||12 Jun 2008||T20|
|27||Middlesex||v Hampshire||Southampton||11 Jun 2008||T20|
|37||Middlesex||v Essex||Lord's||6 Jun 2008||FC|
|20, 74||Middlesex||v Derbyshire||Lord's||30 May 2008||FC|
|22||Middlesex||v Essex||Lord's||28 May 2008||LA|
|85, 14||Middlesex||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||21 May 2008||FC|
|75||Middlesex||v Essex||Chelmsford||18 May 2008||LA|
|73||Middx 2nd XI||v Hants 2nd XI||London||14 May 2008||Other|
|0, 0||Middlesex||v Essex||Chelmsford||7 May 2008||FC|
|27||Middlesex||v Sussex||Hove||5 May 2008||LA|
The 15th Smith to be selected for England, but the first to have written a book on baseball, Ed Smith demanded selection for the third Test against South Africa in 2003 thanks to his superb county form.
A tall right-hander with a penchant for the drive, Smith picked up six centuries in as many matches for Kent, including a career-best 203 at Blackpool, to become the first batsman to pass 1000 runs for the season. It was a run of form that coincided with a severe downturn in England's fortunes following the resignation of Nasser Hussain, and if his surname was anything to go by, he was just the name to take on South Africa's prolific captain, Graeme Smith.
Sure enough, Ed responded with a half-century in his maiden Test innings but managed just 23 runs in his next four outings and was dropped. In 2004 there were rumours that he had become alienated from the Kent dressing-room, and it was no surprise when he moved to Middlesex at the end of the summer. After two consistent seasons he made the natural progression to leadership as he was named captain for the 2007 season.
A voracious reader and writer, he picked up a double-first in history despite devoting much of his time at Cambridge University to cricket, and opened for England Under-19s in three Tests against New Zealand in 1996. He broke his ankle in 2008, preventing him from captaining Middlesex for most of the season, and subsequently announced his retirement from first-class cricket in the winter.
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