Full name Donald Victor Smith
Born June 14, 1923, Broadwater, Sussex
Current age 94 years 44 days
Major teams England, Sussex
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium
|Test debut||England v West Indies at Lord's, Jun 20-22, 1957 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v West Indies at Leeds, Jul 25-27, 1957 scorecard|
|First-class span||1946 - 1962|
Don Smith was a useful allrounder for Sussex in the post-war period, a left-hand opening batsman and left-arm medium-pacer (he started at a spinner but found that he had the ability to swing the ball). His county career started hesitantly, but once he had secured his place in the side he remained an ever present. In 1949 as an opener he scored his maiden hundred - a double against Nottinghamshire - and made 1500 runs, but when David Sheppard came down from Cambridge he found himself dropped down the order, although he was restored from the mid 1950s. Nevertheless, he ended the year with 2088 runs. He took nine wickets in his first nine years at Hove, but in 1955 Robin Marlar suggested he switch to left-arm medium over the wicket and he ended the summer with 73 wickets. His Indian summer came in 1957 when he was 34, and a series of high scores resulted in him being drafted into the England side for the Lord's Test against West Indies. He played three Tests that season, but managed only 25 runs in four innings and took one wicket. Against Gloucestershire, Sussex were set a target of 277 in 195 minutes, and Smith smashed 166 (nine sixes, 11 fours), and he followed with 147 against the West Indians. He retired in 1962, and subsequently was appointed coach and groundsman at Lancing School, a position he held for more than 20 years before becoming Sri Lanka's coach in their early years as a Test-playing country. He subsequently emigrated to Australia.
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