Dave Smith      

Full name David Bertram Miller Smith

Born September 14, 1884, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria

Died July 29, 1963, Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria (aged 78 years 318 days)

Major teams Australia, Victoria

Batting style Right-hand bat

Relation Nephew - SAJ Smith

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 2 3 1 30 24* 15.00 0 0 0 0 0
First-class 46 77 3 1764 146 23.83 3 6 16 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 46 24 22 1 1/22 22.00 5.50 24.0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Lord's, Jun 24-26, 1912 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 19-22, 1912 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1908-1912
Profile

A right-hand middle-order batsman, Dave Smith's two Test appearances came during the 1912 Triangular Tournament when he was chosen for the Australian side after six major players had fallen out with the ACB. He made the most of his trip, but mainly off the field where he enjoyed the hospitality In all, he scraped only 292 runs at 13.27, and exactly 100 of those came in one innings against Surrey early in the tour, although even that performance was tarnished as he ran out his partner and Surrey won by 21 runs. So poor were Australia that he still played in two Tests. He was reported to have been "undisciplined" on the trip and there were several incidents of drunken brawling and rudeness towards the public and English amateurs. He was summoned by the board on his return home to explain himself but failed to turn up, pleading illness. He never played first-class cricket again. He had also toured New Zealand in 1910-11.
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