Steve Smith (cricketer, born 1989)

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Steven Smith
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Personal information
Full name Steven Peter Devereux Smith
Born (1989-06-02) 2 June 1989 (age 25)
Sydney, Australia
Nickname Smitler
Height 176cm[1]
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm leg break
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 415) 13 July 2010 v Pakistan
Last Test 1-5 March 2014 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 182) 19 February 2010 v West Indies
Last ODI 24 January 2014 v England
ODI shirt no. 49
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007–present New South Wales Blues (squad no. 19)
2009 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2010 Worcestershire
2011 Kochi Tuskers Kerala
2011–present Sydney Sixers
2012–2013 Pune Warriors India
2013 Antigua Hawksbills
2014–present Rajasthan Royals
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 20 34 61 74
Runs scored 1,361 399 4,278 1,759
Batting average 40.02 21.00 45.03 35.89
100s/50s 4/6 0/0 12/21 0/11
Top score 138* 46* 177 99*
Balls bowled 822 899 4,375 1,841
Wickets 11 22 55 41
Bowling average 47.90 35.45 54.23 39.82
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 3/18 3/33 7/64 3/33
Catches/stumpings 16/– 15/– 70/– 41/–
Source: CricInfo, 9 March 2014

Steven Peter Devereux "Steve" Smith is an Australian international cricketer who currently plays for the New South Wales Blues and the Rajasthan Royals. Starting as an all-rounder he now is primarily a batsman for state and country. He bats right-handed and bowls right arm leg spin. Smith has played for the Kent Second XI, New South Wales, the Sutherland Cricket Club and Illawong Menai Cricket Club.

First Class Career[edit]

Smith made his First Class debut against Western Australia at the SCG on 24 January 2008. He scored 33 in his only innings as NSW defeated WA outright.[2]

He was part of the New South Wales team that won the 2009 Twenty20 Champions League.

Smith recently achieved his highest score in One Day Domestic (ODD) competitions in Australia against Tasmania. Following a middle order collapse, Smith resurrected the innings with a quickfire 81 off 58 deliveries, taking the Blues total to a respectable 271. The game was lost despite Smith's efforts.

Smith was called up to the Australian Test squad in 2010 to cover for spinner Nathan Hauritz who was in doubt for Boxing Day Test against Pakistan, but Hauritz managed to recover.[3] In the first innings of the last Test of the 2013 Ashes Series at The Oval, Smith scored his maiden hundred, reaching the total in style by hitting a six off the bowling of Jonathan Trott.

By the end of the 2009–2010 domestic season Smith had a first-class batting average of over 50 after just 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 from Shane Warne. In the final match of the season he took 7 for 64 in the second innings against South Australia.

Playing in a club match, right-handed Smith took guard left-handed and hit a six.[4]

One of his earliest achievements was being the leading wicket taker at the 2008 KFC 20/20 competition. This was despite only playing 4 out of the 5 games. He took 4/15 against Queensland and finished with 9 wickets overall.[5] Due to his efforts, he was named the second best player of the tournament.[6]
His mother is British.[7]

International career[edit]

In the 2010 Twenty-Twenty World Cup he took 11 wickets over seven games at an average of 14.81 to finish as the equal second highest wicket-taker at the tournament.

Smith made his test debut at Lords in 2010, playing both tests against Pakistan in the 2010 test series played in England. His bowling was not required in the first innings but he took 3 wickets for 51 in the second innings of his debut test. In the second test he was called to bowl only ten overs for no wickets but played an impressive role with the bat in the second innings. Batting with the tail and rogering the strike, he scored 77 including nine fours and two sixes off successive balls, helping Australia to set a competitive target after having been bowled out for 88 in the first innings.

He made his One Day International debut for Australia in the fifth match of the ODI Series against the West Indies on 19 February 2010 and his Test debut against Pakistan at Lord's on 13 July 2010.

Smith's fielding attracted attention during the 2009–2010 season with some spectacular catches in the outfield.[8]

He made his maiden test century in the fifth Ashes test of the 2013 series in England, becoming only the sixth Australian to reach his maiden Test 100 with a six.

Big Bash League[edit]

Previous seasons (before 2011–12)[edit]

The Australian domestic twenty20 competition was previously a province-based six teams competition which was held until 2010–11 season. The competition was named as KFC Big Bash. Smith used to play for New South Wales which won the title once in 2008–09 season.

Big Bash League 2011–12[edit]

From 2011–12 season, the league became city-based league (name was changed to Big Bash League) and featured eight teams including Sydney Sixers of which Brad Haddin was selected as captain but he couldn't play due to test duties so Smith filled in and did a great job.[9] Smith led the team to victory on the inaugural season of the new league. As an all-rounder, he scored 166 runs with the bat from 9 matches with a strike rate of 130.71, including a half century with the bat. With the ball, he took 6 wickets with an economy rate of 8.06 per over. Also with his athletic high class fielding abilities, he took 9 catches throughout the tournament.[10] In the final match, the Sixers beat Perth Scorchers by 7 wickets while chasing down the target of 157 within 18.5 overs after the Scorchers made 156/5 in 20 overs. Due to his blistering form during the Big Bash League, he attracted the eyes of legendary Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly and thus was picked up by the IPL team Pune Warriors India captained by Angelo Mathews to play for the Pune team in IPL 2012.

Indian Premier League[edit]

Steve Smith was first bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore at IPL 2010 as a replacement for Jesse Ryder.[11]
During the 2011 IPL player auction, Steve Smith was bought by Kochi Tuskers Kerala for $200,000.[12] But he had to undergo an ankle operation was not available to play for them that season.[13] The next season, Kochi Tuskers got disbanded from the IPL. As a result, Steve Smith was put up for auction, but went unsold at the 2012 IPL Players Auction. But he was brought as a replacement for Mitchell Marsh in the Pune Warriors India team.[14]
In his first match for the Pune Warriors India, he scored 39 runs off 32 balls to lead his team to victory against the Mumbai Indians. He received the Man of the match award for this effort.[15]

In the auction for IPL 2014, Smith was bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs.4.1 crore which was the expensive buy for the franchise in the auction


  1. ^ "Steve Smith". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Bollinger bowls Blues to Pura Cup win[dead link]
  3. ^ "Smith called up to Boxing Day Test". 2009-12-24. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  4. ^ Will Swanton (2010-01-22). "Time to limit the amount of one-dayers and give Twenty20 more of a bash". Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  5. ^ "Cricinfo profile". Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  6. ^ Katich crowned Pura Cup Player of the Year Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 March 2008
  7. ^ Steve Smith spins from England's grasp to boost Australia's attack. The Guardian. Retrieved 24 March 2011
  8. ^ "Super leg-spinner catches the eye". Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  9. ^ "Sixers smash Scorchers to win BBL". Sports News First. 2012-01-28. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  10. ^ Trevor Bayliss (2012-06-06). "Steven Smith - Sydney Sixers - Big Bash League". Sydney Sixers. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  11. ^ "RISING all-rounder Steven Smith has become the latest Australian to join the Indian Premier League by signing a rich deal with Bangalore.". Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "IPL auction, Day 1: Who got whom". Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "11:19 AM | Posted by SrK IPL 4 : Australia's Steven Smith out , ankle operation". Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "IPL 5: Steven Smith replaces Mitchell Marsh in Pune Warriors squad". Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "Indian Premier League, 3rd match: Mumbai Indians v Pune Warriors at Mumbai, Apr 6, 2012". Retrieved 6 April 2012. 

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