Steve Smith is an Australian international cricketer and former captain of the Australian national team.
Smith is consistently rated as one of the top-ranked Test batsmen in the world, according to the ICC Player Rankings.
Smith has been called the “best since Bradman” due to his distinctively high Test batting average.
He plays for New South Wales and Sydney Sixers in domestic cricket. He is the captain of Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.
- Full name: Steven Peter Devereux Smith
- Profession: Australian cricketer
- Born: 2 June 1989, Sydney, Australia
- Test debut (cap 415): 13 July 2010 v Pakistan
- ODI debut (cap 182): 19 February 2010 v West Indies
- T20I debut (cap 43): 5 February 2010 v Pakistan
- Last ODI: 13 March 2020 v New Zealand
- Bowling: Right-arm leg spin
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About Steve Smith
Steve was born on 2 June 1989 in Kogarah, Sydney. He is the son of Australian father Peter, who has a degree in chemistry, 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.
Because his mother was born in London, Smith has dual British and Australian citizenship.
In 2011, Smith started dating Dani Willis, a commerce and law student at Macquarie University.
In June 2017, the couple announced their engagement while on holiday in New York. The couple married at Berrima, New South Wales on 15 September 2018.
Smith was a member of the Australian team at the 2008 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia.
In the tournament he scored 114 runs and took seven wickets in four matches.
Smith made his first-class debut for New South Wales against Western Australia at the SCG on 25 January 2008.
He scored 33 in his only innings as New South Wales defeated Western Australia outright.
He was part of the New South Wales team that won the 2009 Twenty20 Champions League. In the final against Trinidad and Tobago at Hyderabad, Smith made 33 with the bat and took two wickets.
By the end of the 2009–10 domestic season, Smith had a first-class batting average of over 50 after 13 first-class matches.
While his first-class bowling average in the high forties was not as impressive, his bowling appeared to be steadily improving following some well-publicised mentoring and praise from Shane Warne.
In the final match of the season he took 7 for 64 in the second innings against South Australia.
Although he was initially selected for Australia as a right-arm leg spinner, Smith later played primarily as a batsman.
After a few matches in 2010 and 2011, he was a regular player in the Australian team after 2013, and took over captaincy from Michael Clarke in late 2015, after which he 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.
On 30 December 2017, he reached a Test batting rating of 947, the second-highest of all time, only behind Don Bradman’s 961.
In March 2018, Smith was widely criticised for overseeing ball tampering in the third Test against South Africa, during which he stood down from the team captaincy and was replaced by Tim Paine.
Following an investigation by Cricket Australia, Smith was banned from all international and domestic cricket in Australia for one year starting from 29 March 2018, and from consideration for any leadership role for an additional year.