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Alan Smith      

Full name Alan Christopher Smith

Born October 25, 1936, Hall Green, Birmingham, Warwickshire

Current age 84 years 0 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

Alan Christopher Smith
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 6 7 3 118 69* 29.50 0 1 15 0 20 0
First-class 428 612 85 11027 145 20.92 3 38 715 61
List A 82 59 17 594 39* 14.14 0 0 58 2
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 6 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 428 7158 3074 131 5/32 23.46 2.57 54.6 2 0
List A 82 1038 640 19 5/19 5/19 33.68 3.69 54.6 0 1 0
Career statistics
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
Test statistics
First-class span 1958 - 1974
List A span 1963 - 1974
ICC match referee statistics
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
Test matches 9
Test statistics
ODI debut Zimbabwe v India at Bulawayo, Sep 26, 1998 scorecard
Last ODI South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Apr 16, 2000 scorecard
ODI matches 13
ODI statistics

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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Sep 7, 1968

Warwickshire captain Alan Smith is chaired by his team-mates after their title win, Sussex v Warwickshire, Gillette Cup final, Lord's, September 7, 1968

Warwickshire captain Alan Smith is chaired by his team-mates

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Sep 1968

Alan Smith with the Gillette Cup after Warwickshire's win in the 1968 final

Alan Smith with the Gillette Cup

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Jul 19, 1968

Alan Smith appeals for an lbw against Eric Russell, Middlesex v Warwickshire, County Championship, day three, Lord's, July 19, 1968

Alan Smith appeals for an lbw against Eric Russell

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