Steve Smith (cricketer)

Steve Smith
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Smith in 2014
Personal information
Full nameSteven Peter Devereux Smith
Born (1989-06-02) 2 June 1989 (age 29)
Kogarah, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
NicknameSmudge, Smithy
Height176 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm leg spin
RoleTop-order batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 415)13 July 2010 v Pakistan
Last Test22 March 2018 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 182)19 February 2010 v West Indies
Last ODI28 January 2018 v England
ODI shirt no.49
T20I debut (cap 43)5 February 2010 v Pakistan
Last T20I27 March 2016 v India
T20I shirt no.49
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2007–presentNew South Wales (squad no. 19)
2010Royal Challengers Bangalore
2011Worcestershire
2011Kochi Tuskers Kerala
2011–presentSydney Sixers
2012–2013Pune Warriors India
2013Antigua Hawksbills
2014–2015Rajasthan Royals
2016–2017Rising Pune Supergiant
Career statistics
CompetitionTestODIFCLA
Matches64108118154
Runs scored6,1993,43110,4245,226
Batting average61.3741.8457.2745.44
100s/50s23/248/1937/4410/32
Top score239164239164
Balls bowled1,3391,0465,0571,988
Wickets17276746
Bowling average54.8834.4852.8638.78
5 wickets in innings0010
10 wickets in match0000
Best bowling3/183/167/643/16
Catches/stumpings96/–62/–174/–91/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 26 March 2018

Steven Peter Devereux Smith (born 2 June 1989) is an Australian international cricketer and former captain of the Australian national team. On 30 December 2017 he reached a Test batting rating of 947, the second-highest of all time, only behind Don Bradman's 961. He was ranked top Test batsman in the world in 2015-16-17, according to the June 2018 ICC Player Rankings. At various times Smith has been described as one of the best batsmen in the world.[2][3] He plays for New South Wales and Sydney Sixers in domestic cricket.

Although he was initially selected for Australia as a right-arm leg spinner, Smith now plays primarily as a batsman. After a few matches in 2010 and 2011, he has been a regular player in the Australian team since 2013, and took over captaincy from Michael Clarke in late 2015. Since then he has predominantly batted at number 3 or 4.

Awards he has won include the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year) in 2015; ICC Test Player of the Year in 2015, 2017; the Allan Border Medal for the best player in Australian Cricket in 2015, 2018; Australian Test Player of the Year: 2015, 2018 and Australian One Day International Player of the Year: 2015. He was named by Wisden as one of their Cricketers of the Year for 2015. In 2014, Martin Crowe described Smith as one of the young Fab Four of Test Cricket along with Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli.[4]

In March 2018, Smith was widely criticised for overseeing ball tampering in the third Test against South Africa. Following an investigation by Cricket Australia, Smith was banned from all international cricket and domestic cricket in Australia for one year, and will not be considered for a leadership role for another year after that.

Early and personal life

Steve Smith was born on 2 June 1989 in Kogarah, Sydney to an Australian father, Peter, who has a degree in chemistry,[5] and an English mother, Gillian. Smith attended Menai High School, and left at age 17 to play cricket in England where he played club cricket for Sevenoaks Vine in the premier division of the Kent Cricket League. He did so well for Sevenoaks that he was picked to play for Surrey's second XI.[6][7][8]

Because his mother was born in London, Smith has dual British and Australian citizenship.[9] In 2011, Smith started dating Dani Willis, a commerce and law student at Macquarie University.[10] In June 2017, the couple announced their engagement while on holiday in New York.[11]