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Steven Smith

Australia|Middle order Batter
Steven Smith
INTL CAREER: 2010 - 2022
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Full Name

Steven Peter Devereux Smith

Born

June 02, 1989, Sydney, New South Wales

Age

33y 72d

Also Known As

Steve Smith

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak Googly

Playing Role

Middle order Batter

TEAMS

In a career of twists and turns, Steven Smith started out as a legspinner and become Australia's best batter since Sir Donald Bradman, either side of having his career derailed by a ball-tampering scandal that saw him stripped of the captaincy and banned for 12 months.

The rise from that controversy at Newlands in 2018 was near-miraculous: Smith returned to Test cricket with a 774-run Ashes series in 2019, and pictures of him in tears at Sydney airport after his return in disgrace from South Africa were replaced in the popular memory with those of triumphant celebrations of centuries. Part of his punishment for Cape Town was being banned from any leadership position for two years, but once he served that penance, in late 2021 he was named Pat Cummins' vice-captain and a few weeks later led the side against England when Cummins was ruled out of a Test by Covid.

Smith began his Test career in 2010 as a legspinner who batted at No. 8; by the time he was named Australia's captain five years later, he was the No. 1 Test batter in the world and no more than an occasional bowler. His talent was apparent early, but as a young batter he had more moving parts than an orchestra - only, they didn't always work in harmony. He went away and worked on his game and returned to the Test side two years later with a much tighter technique. He still fidgeted between balls but could play every shot in the book, and a few others that defied words besides. Quick-footed and adept at facing spin, he is equally comfortable driving and pulling the fast bowlers.

When he was appointed Australia's 45th Test captain, Smith was filling in for the injured Michael Clarke in three Tests. That was during a markedly purple patch, even by his standards: he produced six hundreds in eight Tests then, against India, West Indies and England. Despite being only 25 at the time, the extra responsibility clearly didn't hamper his run-making, and Smith cemented his spot when Clarke retired at the end of the 2015 Ashes in England.

As Smith's batting developed, his bowling became less frequently sighted, although he could still land the odd fizzing legbreak and winkle out a wicket or two. In the field his athleticism and instinct stand out, even in a high-quality fielding side like Australia. He has also been a key man in Australia's ODI side, was his country's leading run-scorer in their triumphant 2015 World Cup campaign, and became captain in all three formats before his career was turned upside down.

Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test8715418816123960.001509154.072836900451410
ODI13011512445916443.29504288.43112638542700
T20I5745109289026.51738125.74047623390
FC146253281266123956.272278655.5644561458922270
List A17916224647616446.92727689.00144054091990
T2022920043472410130.083771125.271214161071300
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test87581435990183/184/8355.004.1379.7000
ODI130401076971283/163/1634.675.4138.4000
T20I5717291377173/203/2022.177.7717.1000
FC14612552433633697/648/16952.654.1575.9210
List A1796920301840473/163/1639.145.4343.1000
T20229528241056544/134/1319.557.6815.2200
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