Don Smith      

Full name Donald Victor Smith

Born June 14, 1923, Broadwater, Sussex

Died January 9, 2021, Adelaide (aged 97 years 209 days)

Major teams England, Sussex

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm medium

Other Coach

Donald Victor Smith
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 3 4 1 25 16* 8.33 0 0 2 0 0 0
First-class 377 625 66 16960 206* 30.33 19 88 234 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 3 4 270 97 1 1/12 1/36 97.00 2.15 270.0 0 0 0
First-class 377 22233 9670 340 7/40 28.44 2.60 65.3 6 1
Career statistics
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
Test statistics
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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