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Full name Steven Peter Devereux Smith
Born June 2, 1989, Sydney, New South Wales
Current age 25 years 56 days
Major teams Australia, Australia A, Australian Institute of Sports, Kent 2nd XI, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, New South Wales, New South Wales Second XI, New South Wales Under-19s, Pune Warriors, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sutherland, Sydney Sixers, Sydney South East, Worcestershire
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
|Test debut||Australia v Pakistan at Lord's, Jul 13-16, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Mar 1-5, 2014 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v West Indies at Melbourne, Feb 19, 2010 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v England at Perth, Jan 24, 2014 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Australia v Pakistan at Melbourne, Feb 5, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Oct 16, 2011 scorecard|
|First-class debut||New South Wales v Western Australia at Sydney, Jan 25-28, 2008 scorecard|
|Last First-class||New South Wales v Western Australia at Canberra, Mar 21-25, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Queensland v New South Wales at Brisbane, Dec 12, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||Australia v England at Perth, Jan 24, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||South Australia v New South Wales at Adelaide, Jan 1, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Daredevils at Ahmedabad, May 15, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|-||Royals||v Daredevils||Ahmedabad||15 May 2014||T20|
|9||Royals||v Super Kings||Ranchi||13 May 2014||T20|
|48*||Royals||v RCB||Bangalore||11 May 2014||T20|
|22||Royals||v Sunrisers||Ahmedabad||8 May 2014||T20|
|3||Royals||v KKR||Ahmedabad||5 May 2014||T20|
|-||Royals||v Daredevils||Delhi||3 May 2014||T20|
|19*||Royals||v KKR||Abu Dhabi||29 Apr 2014||T20|
|-||Royals||v RCB||Abu Dhabi||26 Apr 2014||T20|
|19||Royals||v Super Kings||Dubai (DSC)||23 Apr 2014||T20|
|27*||Royals||v Kings XI||Sharjah||20 Apr 2014||T20|
Steven Smith started his career as a promising legspinner and talented batsman, but over the last couple of years, the legspin has taken a definite back seat while his batting has blossomed. That was in ample evidence when he played against India in Mohali in 2013. It was his first Test match in more than two years, and he responded superbly to pressure, scoring 92 and handling the spinners competently to confirm his early potential.
Smith was earmarked as a special talent quite early in his career: by the age of 21 he was in Australia's Test, one-day and Twenty20 teams, picked on promise and quickly showing the composure of a seasoned professional. There were words of caution about his early elevation, but there was no hiding the excitement about a player who gives the ball air, hits it hard, catches it at will and seems unbothered by pressure.
Smith became an international player in 2009-10 after starring with New South Wales, striking four Sheffield Shield centuries and finishing the season with career-best figures of 7 for 64. After only 13 first-class games he was picked on a Test tour of New Zealand but didn't get to play. He had already been trialled in the T20 and ODI sides, impressing with his attitude, and was used more as a legspinner than a batsman. Figures of 2 for 78 in his first one-dayer against West Indies don't look great, but he convinced Ricky Ponting to keep the field up to build pressure. Not many 20-year-olds - Smith looks even younger - win arguments like that. He was part of the squad in Australia's journey to the World Twenty20 final and his opening Test series, against Pakistan in England, was encouraging. There were three wickets in the two games and a muscular 77 in the second innings at Leeds.
A promising start to his state career occurred in 2007-08, when he played his first games in the three domestic formats. In the Pura Cup he opened with 33 and began his FR Cup experience without batting, although he posted 35 in his second attempt. The biggest impact came in the Twenty20 tournament, where he finished the qualifying matches as the competition's joint-highest wicket-taker with nine at a remarkable average of 5.33. His 4 for 15 in the dying stages against a Queensland side chasing 122 helped New South Wales to victory and earned him the Man-of-the-Match award.
However, batting became his stronger suit as the years went along: in the 2012 season, he bowled only 57 overs in ten first-class matches, and seven in 11 List A games. With the bat, though, he averaged almost 42 in first-class games and more than 36 in List A. He was chosen in Australia's squad for the tour to India, and when he got a Test opportunity when four players were suspended, Smith made the most of his opportunity.
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