Chris Smith (cricketer)

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Chris Smith
Personal information
Full name Christopher Lyall Smith
Born (1958-10-15) 15 October 1958 (age 55)
Durban, Natal, South Africa
Nickname Kippy
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right arm off-break
Role Administrator
Relations RA Smith (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 503) 11 August 1983 v New Zealand
Last Test 19 June 1986 v India
ODI debut (cap 72) 18 February 1984 v New Zealand
Last ODI 26 March 1984 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
1980–1991 Hampshire
1984 MCC
1977–1983 Natal
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC List A
Matches 8 4 269 214
Runs scored 392 109 18028 6700
Batting average 30.15 27.25 44.40 42.40
100s/50s –/2 –/1 47/88 11/42
Top score 91 70 217 159
Balls bowled 17 17 4457 171
Wickets 3 2 50 10
Bowling average 13.00 14.00 53.70 11.40
5 wickets in innings 1
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 2/31 2/8 5/69 3/32
Catches/stumpings 5/– –/– 176/– 39/–
Source: CricketArchive, 18 December 2008

Christopher Lyall Smith (born 15 October 1958)[1] was a cricketer for Hampshire and England. He also played one match for Glamorgan in 1979, while playing in the South Wales League, and in South Africa he played for Natal B (then a first-class team).

Life and career[edit]

born 15 October 1958, Durban, South Africa, Smith was unable to play for the South Africa due to their exclusion from international sport because of the apartheid regime, but played for England through his parents nationality. However, Smith played only eight Test matches, never establishing himself in the side. He had the misfortune to be dismissed by Richard Hadlee from his first ball on Test debut at Lord's, but was selected the next winter for the tour to New Zealand and Pakistan.[1] There he made some useful contributions, including a score of 91 in Auckland. He was much more successful for Hampshire, enjoying a successful career with that county, and scoring more than 40 first-class hundreds. He was one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1984.

After he retired from first-class cricket, he settled in Western Australia, and became marketing manager of the Western Australian Cricket Association.[1]

Chris Smith is the older brother of fellow England Test player Robin Smith.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 149. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 

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