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Full name Alan Christopher Smith
Born October 25, 1936, Hall Green, Birmingham, Warwickshire
Current age 77 years 277 days
Major teams England, Oxford University, Warwickshire
Also known as AC Smith
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Other Referee, Administrator
|Test debut||Australia v England at Brisbane, Nov 30-Dec 5, 1962 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Mar 15-19, 1963 scorecard|
|List A span||1963-1974|
|Test debut||Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Oct 7-10, 1998 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v West Indies at Sydney, Jan 2-6, 2001 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v India at Bulawayo, Sep 26, 1998 scorecard|
|Last ODI||South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Apr 16, 2000 scorecard|
AC Smith was an effective allrounder and, in later years, a leading administrator. A dogged middle-order batsman, a niggly right-arm seamer who bowled off the wrong foot, and a tidy if unspectacular wicketkeeper, his success came early on. He was described more than once as the "complete cricketer". He scored three hundred - two for Oxford in 1959 - held six catches in an innings in 1970 and in 1965 took off his pads and promptly took a hat-trick. He won Blues in all three years for Oxford - he captained them in his last two summers - and after a good summer for Warwickshire was picked, to many people's surprise, to tour Australia and New Zealand in 1962-63 where he kept wicket in six of the eight matches. But competition was fierce and Murray was a better keeper, Parks a better batsman, and he never appeared again. He continued to serve Warwickshire with distinction, leading them to the Championship in 1972 and the Gillette Cup in 1968. After retiring, he was a Test selector, an England tour manager, secretary of Warwickshire, and the first chief executive of the Test & County Cricket Board - in the latter post his unwillingness to commit was legendary. He was also, in his spare time, a director of Aston Villa (he was also a football Blue).
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