iphone app for live cricket
android app for live cricket
Player BackGround

Name : Steven Smith

Birth Info : 01 Jan ,1970 , at Sydney, New South Wales

Status : Batsman Batting : Batting: Right Handed Bowling : Bowling: Leg break googly

Player Profile

There have been fewer fairytales over the last decade in the cricketing world than Steven Smith’s rise as a premier batsman. After having made his debut across formats in the 2007/08 domestic season as a leg spinner who could bat a bit, Smith found himself constantly in and out of the Australian side. While he always had the ability to the turn the ball appreciably, there were question marks on his consistency as a bowler. Smith made his international debut in 2010 but after the Ashes series defeat at home, he found himself out of the Test side while his limited-overs fortunes weren’t too different.


Instead of his leg spin, Smith’s batting showed more promise and had plenty of grit – a factor that eventually saw him return to the side as a specialist batsman in 2013. Drafted into the team’s tour of India with senior players dropped, Smith impressed with his patience and adaptability against spin. The performances earned him a place in the Ashes tour of England in the same year. In testing conditions, he was able to hold his own and even registered his maiden Test ton. He continued to be consistent and played vital knocks in Australia regaining the Ashes while also notching a series win in South Africa in 2014.


Runs kept coming at fairly consistent rate for the young man but it was the home series against India in 2014-15 when Smith made an emphatic statement to the world. Having racked up four centuries in as many Tests, he even made his captaincy debut in the series, filling in for the injured Michael Clarke. After this historical series, Smith established himself as the side’s main Test batsman and hasn’t looked back since, notching up runs in all conditions against tough oppositions. His laudable success eventually saw him being ranked number one in Tests.


The 2015 Ashes tour of England saw him registering two centuries, including a double ton at Lord’s although Australia lost the series. Even as he was dominating bowling attacks, there was a question mark on whether he could replicate the success on swinging pitches and against spinners. His success in England put to rest some doubt although the pundits weren’t exactly convinced. Smith was appointed permanent captain of Australia after the 2015 Ashes series. The runs kept coming for ‘Smudge’ as he is fondly called and the 2016-17 season is what probably cemented his position as the best Test batsman in the world.


Playing spin in the sub-continent is no easy task and the Sri Lankan tour in 2016 where the Aussies were blanked 0-3, taught a harsh lesson to him. He fared decently well with a century and a fifty. A bigger challenge beckoned in the summer of 2017 as Australia toured India. Nobody gave his side a chance against a formidable opposition boasting of the top two spinners in the world. However, it was his grinding century and some smart captaincy that helped Australia take a lead in the series and despite eventually losing the decider, they made India fight hard for the victory.


Although primarily a fantastic Test batsman, Smith’s exploits have been good in ODIs as well. He notched up fifty-plus scores in his five consecutive innings of the 2015 World Cup, making him the first player to achieve the feat. The 2015-17 phase saw him upping his limited-overs game as well. Light on his feet and very fidgety at the crease, Smith’s movements aren’t a delight to the purists but is very effective. What works in his favor is his impeccable temperament and ability to correct mistakes quickly. He is also blessed with fantastic hand-eye coordination and reflexes which help him to amass runs with an unorthodox technique.


Like most top players, Smith has also been involved in franchise T20 leagues. He led his home side Sydney to a title in 2011 while also impressing in the Indian T20 League as a budding talent. He even carried out the duties of stand-in captain for a few franchises before being appointed full-time skipper in 2017 for the Pune franchise that eventually finished as runners up. At present, he is arguably among the finest batsmen in world cricket across formats. There is no denying the fact that he will be among the top batsmen of all time by the time he hangs up his boots. He is also certain to bring laurels as an Australian captain as well.


Fast Facts

  • Just the second Australian player to score a century on captaincy debut
  • Youngest Australian skipper to score a Test hundred
  • Scored 769 runs against India in four Tests in 2014/15, a record for a four-Test series
  • ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC Test Cricketer of the Year in 2015
  • Allan Border Gold Medal Winner in 2015
  • First to hit five consecutive Test hundreds against India

Player Batting Detail

Field

Test

ODI

IPL

T20

Matches

56

-

69

30

Innings

104

89

62

25

NotOuts

14

12

16

5

Runs

5370

3329

1703

431

Highest

215

164

101

90

Avarage

59.66

43.23

37.02

21.55

Strike Rate

62.13

104.45

187.03

169.81

Hundreds

20

8

1

0

Fifties

21

19

5

2

Fours

599

285

150

34

Player Bowling Detail

Field

Test

ODI

IPL

T20

Matches

56

103

69

30

Innings

-

36

1

17

Balls

1243

1046

2

291

Runs

891

931

5

431

TenWickets

0

0

0

0

FiveWickets

52.41

34.48

-

22.17

FourWickets

0

0

0

0

Average

52.41

34.48

-

22.17

EconomyRate

4.30

5.34

15.00

7.77

Top News

Inspirational: He lost both arms at 8 but now captain's a cricket team

Meet Amir Hussain Lone, who not only plays the game but is captain of the Jammu and Kashmir Para-cricket team.

How ICC used Amir to educate players on perils of 'fixing'

The International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Unit on Monday said tainted Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir's video in which he admitted his guilt and also described the after-effect of his wrongdoing is being used to educate cricketers about the consequences of indulging in corrupt practices like spot-fixing and match-fixing.

How legalising betting in India could prevent fixing in cricket

'Where betting is legalised it is heavily regulated and they work in close conjunction with us, so it does assist us'

India captain Mithali Raj's suggestion to popularise women's cricket...

The ever-improving Indian women cricketers could get a chance to become household names, just like tennis star Sania Mirza and shuttle queen Saina Nehwal, by televising their matches, feels national team captain Mithali Raj.

PCB stops women's team from travelling to India for WT20

PCB stops women's team from travelling to India for WT20 The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has stopped its national women's team from going to India until it gets written security assurances and guarantees for the World T20 in India.

Sehwag's WT20 semifinalists: India, SA, West Indies, NZ

Swashbuckling former India opener Virender Sehwag has picked India, New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies as the teams which will make the semifinals of the World T20 starting in India on March 8.

Simmons ruled out of World T20 owing to back injury

West Indies have dropped batsman Lendl Simmons from their Twenty20 World Cup squad owing to a back injury, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said on Saturday.

Akram slams PCB for probing Pakistan's Asia Cup debacle

Former Pakistan captain and fast bowling great, Wasim Akram slammed the formation of an inquiry committee by the cricket board to probe into the team's poor show in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh.

Pak security team to visit India on Monday before World T20

A three-member team constituted by the Pakistan government will depart for India on Monday to assess the security arrangements for the national team for the World T20 cricket tournament beginning next week.

Jonty hits out at Australia for omitting Nathan Lyon

Jonty Rhodes believes Australia's omission of spinner Nathan Lyon will hurt them in the World T20.