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Mike Smith
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Mike Smith

England
Mike Smith

INTL CAREER: 1997 - 1997

Full Name

Andrew Michael Smith

Born

October 01, 1967, Dewsbury, Yorkshire

Age

54y 111d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Left arm fast medium

TEAMS

A left-arm bowler, Mike Smith was arguably the foremost exponent of swing bowling in county cricket in the 1990s. Yorkshire-born, but unwanted by his home county, Smith made his Gloucestershire debut in 1991, having previously represented the Combined Universities. Of slight physique, possessing neither great pace, nor the height at 5' 9" to create awkward lift, he relied heavily on movement in the air to trouble batsmen.

He was selected for the England A tour of Pakistan (1995-96), but a rib injury forced him home after he'd bowled just 22 overs. The following summer he took 60 more wickets. He made his Test debut against Australia in 1997 - in his third over on an unhelpful Headingley pitch he found the edge of Matthew Elliott's bat, but Graham Thorpe at first slip put down the relatively simple chance. Elliott, 29 at the time, went on to score 199 as Australia won by an innings to take a series lead, and Smith was unable to take a wicket in 23 overs. His case wasn't helped as he batted with timidity against an irrepressible Gillespie. He later confessed that it was the only occasion all summer that he had been unable to swing the ball. His chance had gone.

A key member of the triumphant Gloucestershire one-day side, Smith remained a consistent performer at county level until injury began to take its toll. Rarely loose, he always probed even the best batsmen on good pitches at a pace described by Wisden as "skiddy". He retired at the end of 2004.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test12144*4.00666.66001000
FC1572066217566112.1904310
List A2581217250926*10.3800490
T2010-----------20
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test11138890---3.86-000
FC15726470131585338/7324.682.9849.6225
List A2581206480023056/396/3926.233.9739.5720
T20101021118282/142/1422.755.1726.3000
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Mike Smith
Mike Smith ; Thumbnail portrait
Danny Law is caught and bowled by Mike Smith
Mike Smith of Gloucestershire at the Riverside 2001
Mike Smith has got the wicket of Nick Knight of Warks
Mike Smith bowling from the Pavilion end at Lord's