Mike Smith      

Full name Michael John Knight Smith

Born June 30, 1933, Westcotes, Leicester

Current age 87 years 203 days

Major teams England, Leicestershire, Oxford University, Warwickshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Other Referee

Education Stamford School; Oxford University

Relation Son - NMK Smith

Michael John Knight Smith
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 50 78 6 2278 121 31.63 3 11 10 53 0
First-class 637 1091 139 39832 204 41.84 69 241 593 0
List A 140 130 17 3106 97* 27.48 0 15 40 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 50 5 214 128 1 1/10 1/10 128.00 3.58 214.0 0 0 0
First-class 637 487 305 5 1/0 61.00 3.75 97.4 0 0
List A 140 2 8 0 - - - 24.00 - 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v New Zealand at Birmingham, Jun 5-9, 1958 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Nottingham, Jul 13-18, 1972 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1951 - 1975
List A span 1964 - 1975
ICC match referee statistics
Test debut Australia v India at Brisbane, Nov 29-Dec 2, 1991 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v India at Cape Town, Jan 2-6, 1993 scorecard
Test matches 4
Test statistics
ODI debut India v West Indies at Perth, Dec 6, 1991 scorecard
Last ODI New Zealand v Pakistan at Sharjah, Nov 15, 1996 scorecard
ODI matches 17
ODI statistics

Warwickshire team-mates of Mike Smith, who was universally known as "MJK", rated him the best county batsman, and the most straightforward and unselfish captain, of his time. His leadership qualities, which included fielding at forward short leg before helmets and shin-guards were in vogue, were possibly the biggest factor in his captaining England in half his 50 Tests, including successive tours of India, South Africa and Australia. Surprisingly, he was uninspired as manager in two tours in the 1990s. His great strength as a batsman was his pragmatism. He observed that that all bowlers except offspinners had most of their fielders on the off side, so considered it only sensible to aim to score most of his runs to leg, which he dubbed "The man's side". He was a quick judge of line and length (despite, or perhaps because of, wearing glasses), a six-footer of wiry strength, and the possessor of a strong right hand. He was able to fetch to midwicket balls that pitched a foot or more clear of the off stump, a gift that, allied to the sweep and pull, made him harder than most to bowl to. If the method wasn't all that easy on the eye, it was mighty effective in the county game: six times running (1957-62) he made 2000 runs in a season, most of them at a cracking pace. His son, Neil (NMK), played a handful of one-dayers for England and also captained Warwickshire.
John Thicknesse

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Jul 22, 2012

MJK Smith, the former England and Warwickshire captain, July 22, 2012

MJK Smith, the former England and Warwickshire captain

© Ijaz Chaudhry

Apr 19, 2002

Taken at the 2002 Warwickshire CCC photocall

Mike Smith ; thumbnail portrait 2002

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Aug 30, 1980

Former and current captains of England and Australia line up. From left:  Bob Wyatt, Lindsay Hassett, Gubby Allen, Cyril Walters, Arthur Morris, Norman Yardley, Freddie Brown, Richie Benaud, Len Hutton, Neil Harvey, Peter May, Bob Simpson, Bill Lawry, Ted Dexter, Mike Smith, Barry Jarman, Tom Graveney, Ian Chappell, Graham Yallop, Greg Chappell and Ian Botham, England v Australia, Centenary Test, Lord's, 3rd day, August 30,  1980

Former and current captains of England and Australia line up on the field during day three of the Centenary Test

© PA Photos


Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1960