Steven Peter Devereux Smith, popularly known as Steve Smith is an Australian International cricketer and former captain of the Australian team. Smith was born on 2 June 1989 in Kogarah, Sydney, Australia. His father had an Australian lineage while his mother was English. Here are some facts about Australian Cricketer Steve Smith:
- Smith attended Menai High School and left it when he was 17 to play cricket in England where he played club cricket for Sevenoaks Vine in the premier division of the Kent Cricket League. His impressive display of skills in the Sevenoaks won him a place in Surrey’s second X.
- At the beginning of his career, he was selected for Australia as a right-arm leg spinner. Later he played primarily as a batsman.
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- Smith was part of the Australian Under-19 Cricket World Cup team in Malaysia in 2008 where he scored 114 runs and went onto take seven wickets in four matches.
- He made his first-class debut on 24 January 2008 for New South Wales against Western Australia and defeated WA by scoring 33 in his innings.
- He was first bought by IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore for Indian Premier League 2010 to replace Jesse Ryder. During the IPL 2011 player auction, he was bought by Kochi Tuskers Kerala for a whopping $ 200,000, but couldn’t play that season due to an ankle operation.
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Some more facts about Australian Cricketer Steve Smith
- After playing a few matches in 2010 and 2011, he became a regular player in the Australian team from 2013, and took the captaincy from Michael Clarke in 2015, after which he mainly batted at number 3 or 4.
- He started dating Dani Willis, a law student at Macquarie University in 2011. In June 2017 they announced their engagement and finally on 15 September 2018, they got married at New South Wales.
- According to ICC Player Rankings, he was ranked top Test batsman in the world in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He has also been described as one of the best batsmen in the world and considered the “best since Bradman” given his high batting average.
- He was awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year) in 2015; the Allan Border Medal for the best player in Australian Cricket in 2015, 2018; ICC Test Player of the Year in 2015, 2017; and Australian One Day International Player of the Year in 2015.
- He was widely criticized for alleged ball tampering in the third Test against South Africa in March 2018, because of which he had to step down from the team captaincy and was replaced by Tim Paine. After the investigation by Cricket Australia, he was banned from all international and domestic crickets for one year.
- He was the captain of Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2018. Because of his involvement in the Australian test side ball tampering controversy in South Africa in March 2018, it was announced by the team that Ajinkya Rahane will take charge as the new captain for RR team.
- In November 2018, Smith was again selected for Rajasthan Royals for the 2019 Indian Premier League.