Steve Smith

Steve Smith
Smith in 2014

Steven Peter Devereux Smith (born 2 June 1989) 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.

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.

Alastair Cook gave his opinion on Steve Smith’s ‘scuff gate’ controversy. Cook praised India for defeating Australia in their own backyard. Australia batsman Steve Smith attracted a lot of criticism after he was caught scuffing out Rishabh Pant’s batting guard marks in the third Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). From Virender Sehwag to David
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Washington Sundar got his first Test wicket in form of Steve Smith. Sundar removed the Australian batting mainstay just after the lunch break. Indian all-rounder Washington Sundar made his Test debut in the 4th Test against Australia which started on Friday (January 15) at the Gabba in Brisbane. The finger spinner replaced veteran cricketer Ravichandran
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David Lloyd criticised Steve Smith for his act of removing Rishabh Pant’s guard in Sydney Test. Lloyd reckoned Smith hasn’t learned anything from sandpaper scandal. Former England cricketer and veteran commentator David Lloyd has lambasted Australian batsman Steve Smith after the latter was allegedly caught trying to remove Rishabh Pant’s guard marks on Day 5
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Steve Smith criticised for scuffing crease during drinks break on Day 5. Smith was earlier removed from the Australian team in a fallout of 2018’s ball-tampering scandal. Former Australia captain Steve Smith was severely criticised on social media for his strange actions during a drinks break, standing at the batting crease and scraping the batsman’s
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Ravindra Jadeja showcased tremendous fielding on Day 2 of SCG Test against Australia. Jadeja finished the second-day with impressive figures of 18-3-62-4. India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is considered as one of the world’s best fielders. His acrobatic skills, bullet-arm throw and ability to turn the game makes him one of the finest fielders of the
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Steve Smith disclosed what message he gave to Virat Kohli after the Adelaide Test. Kohli is returning India to attend the birth of his first child. Australia batsman Steve Smith has lauded Indian captain Virat Kohli for the latter’s decision to leave Australia after the Adelaide Test to attend his first child’s birth. Smith said
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Virat Kohli is getting closer to No.1 Test batsman spot currently owned by Steve Smith. Kohli is just 23 points away from top-ranked Smith. Despite India’s horror show with the bat in the second innings of the recently-concluded Day/Night Test against Australia in Adelaide, skipper Virat Kohli has closed the gap with No.1 ranked-batsman Steve
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