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Mike Smith
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Mike Smith

England
Mike Smith

INTL CAREER: 1958 - 1996

Full Name

Michael John Knight Smith

Born

June 30, 1933, Westcotes, Leicester

Age

87y 296d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Education

Stamford School; Oxford University

relations

(son)

Other

Referee

TEAMS

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

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test50786227812131.6331110530
FC63710911393983220441.84692415930
List A14013017310697*27.48015400
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveSR4w5w10w
Test50521412811/101/10128.00214.00000
FC63748730551/061.0097.4000
List A140280----000
Umpire & Referee
FormatMatReferee
Test44
ODI1717
Mike Smith portrait
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Debut/Last Matches

  • Player
  • Referee
FC Matches
Span
1951 - 1975
List A Matches
Span
1964 - 1975

Photos


MJK Smith, the former England and Warwickshire captain
Mike Smith ; thumbnail portrait 2002
Former and current captains of England and Australia line up on the field during day three of the Centenary Test
A portrait of Mike Smith
MJK Smith lifts the Gillette Cup
MJK Smith, captain of England XI