They lost the first 3 matches, largely attesting to their young bowling attack's inability to contain a strong South African batting line-up. During the final Ashes match in Sydney, Smith reached the milestone of 6,000 Test runs in 111 innings, becoming the equal second-fastest player and also the youngest Australian, ever to do so. Although Australia bowled New Zealand out for 148 and progressively built on their large first innings lead, Smith was dismissed for 7 in the second innings, giving Neil Wagner his 200th Test wicket and fourth consecutive dismissal of Smith in the series. [238][239], After retaining the Ashes in England, the Australian team returned home for two back to back T20I series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. [91] This change has taken his batting average from 33 to 63.55 as it stands as of 2018. [133][134] With the Australians in good form and England drawing to New Zealand and West Indies gave Australia some confidence to the countdown to the first Test in Cardiff. He is the captain of Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. In the second Test match in Sabina Park, Smith steered Australia to a first innings score of 399, where he made 199 and became the eighth man in Test history to be dismissed on 199. [44][45][46] After losing six out of first eight matches of the season, Smith was appointed as the captain of the Rajasthan Royals by replacing Ajinkya Rahane. [104] In the second ODI he made 12 runs and in the third and final ODI he made 77 runs off 105 balls to win the ODI match by 1 run. Pune century my best knock in Test cricket says Australian captain Steve Smith Steve Smith’s 109-run knock in Pune on a turning wicket against … It got worse for Royals when they lost Robin Uthappa and their skipper, Smith, early in the chase. Fellow New South Welshman David Warner was appointed as his vice-captain. The Englishman silenced his critics and came roaring back into form. [218][219] On 1 June 2019, Smith played in Australia's opening match of the Cricket World Cup, against Afghanistan, at the County Ground in Bristol. 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. Smith took 11 wickets in seven matches at an average of 14.81 to finish as the equal-second-highest wicket-taker of the tournament. Australia were then up 2–0 in the series. [264][265], In November 2020, Smith was nominated for the Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade, and the award for Test cricketer of the decade. 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. With overcast conditions and a green top, Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to field. "Big Player, Big Impact! [38][39], On 28 March 2018, after being banned by Cricket Australia for his involvement in a ball tampering incident, Smith's player contract with the Royals was terminated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India as Steve Smith and fellow Australian batsman David Warner were banned from playing for their respective teams for the upcoming 2018 IPL edition. [210] Smith and vice-captain David Warner stood down from the team leadership the morning after the incident, but still played on, and wicketkeeper Tim Paine took over as interim captain for the rest of the Test match. Fastest batsman to reach 7,000 runs in Tests. [168] Following the defeat, criticism of Smith's captaincy and the team's performance emerged which saw the influx of young players such as Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddison for the last Test. [190][191] Smith was the highest run scorer in the series, scoring 687 runs at an average of 137.40, including three centuries and two fifties. In the first T20I against Sri Lanka, Smith did not bat, but made 53 not out and 13 in the second and third matches respectively. [244][245], In a similar vein to Bodyline devised by England in the 1930s to disrupt Bradman's scoring, which was largely employed by Harold Larwood, New Zealand devised a set of tactics to curb Smith's scoring. Courtesy of their win in the India vs … I'm absolutely gutted. He took 4/15 against Queensland and finished with 9 wickets overall. Virat Kohli? In the previous two Sheffield seasons his form had been good without being great (averaging 37), but he was chosen for the 17-man squad, primarily as a backup batsman, rather than an allrounder as he had been in the Test team previously. [87] Despite starting slowly in the first two Tests, Smith produced his first Test century on home soil in the third Test at Perth, scoring 111 from 208 balls[88], helping Australia display a total of 6–326 at stumps on the second day to later win the Test match and be awarded man of the match. Smith is consistently rated as one of the top-ranked Test batsmen in the world, according to the ICC Player Rankings. [177], Smith was once again featured in ICC's 2016 Cricket Awards as a 12th man for the ICC Test team of the year. [19] Smith was the leading wicket taker at the 2008 Big Bash tournament. [233], In the first innings of the fourth Test at Old Trafford Smith scored his third double-century in Test matches and third century in the series and became the first batsman to score 500 or more runs in three successive Ashes series. In a robust second-wicket stand, Samson and Smith smashed 121 runs off 56 balls as Samson raised his half century off just 19 balls. [3] He plays for New South Wales and Sydney Sixers in domestic cricket. In the World Cup, Smith played a vital role as versatile batsman as he played in numerous batting positions from number three down to as a middle-order batsman. He was quick to score his 22nd century at the WACA, before he converted that into a career-best 239. Smith all smiles, Gayle shatters six-hitting milestone. [179] Following the home series, Smith was scheduled to tour three ODI matches against New Zealand for the Chappell–Hadlee Trophy but later sustained a mild sprain to the medial ligament in his left ankle, so he headed to Dubai in preparation for the upcoming four Test tour of India. He added, "I know I will regret this for the rest of my life. [59] In October 2018, he was named as one of the fourteen Platinum category players for the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League. He later joined the Test squad in the first Test match in Windsor Park, and scored 25 and 5 runs, respectively. Following the 5–0 ODI defeat in South Africa, the Australian team returned home for a 3 Test series against South Africa. They just played good cricket shots to keep the rate in check. 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The Australian team won the contested Chappell-Hadlee Trophy 3–0 and returned the trophy to Australia. While Australia's last tour in the British Isles was in 2013, the emergence of England's Joe Root and Australia's Steve Smith saw an awaited clash to determine the better batsman in the upcoming series. Cricket: Steve Smith has run David Miller out for a diamond duck to bring up his half century against the Super Kings in the IPL. [114] This also marked Steve Smith's first Test century against India and at the Adelaide Oval. A series best 244* by England's Alastair Cook then placed Australia in a tense situation that saw them trail by 164 at the start of the fourth day. Steve Smith’s IPL team made history with an incredible heist as one of the Aussie’s teammates went berserk to snatch an incredible win. After making half centuries against Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, he later steered Australia into the final after making a century against India in the semi-finals at the Sydney Cricket Ground. [153][154][155] In the same year, he also received the Allan Border Medal, Australian Test Player of the Year and Australian One Day International Player of the Year award. [131] After his man of the match effort against the West Indies in the second Test, Smith became the second-youngest player ever to reach the number 1 ICC Test batsmen ranking and just the eighth Australian to do so.[132]. Despite this, Australia comfortably won the match by 247 runs and retained the Trans-Tasman Trophy. He said that as captain of the Australian cricket team, he took full responsibility (even though he did not devise the plan to change the condition of the ball or actually perform the act), and that he had made a serious error in judgement: "It was a failure of leadership, my leadership." [135] He was rested for the second first-class match and in the first Test match in Cardiff, Smith made 33 in both innings as England took a 1–0 lead in the series. Also Read: BCCI Announce IPL 2020 Playoff Schedule. [195][196][197][198], Smith was rested for the T20 series against New Zealand and England so he could prepare for the South African Test series. [159], During the T20 World Cup 2016, held in India, Smith struggled with form early, before registering 61 against Pakistan in a must-win pool match for Australia. 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.. [184] Smith was the highest run scorer in the series, scoring 499 runs at an average of 71.29, including three centuries.[185]. [20] He was selected mainly for his bowling, and batted down the order, although his bowling was not required in the first innings. ", "Why Steven Smith is the best of the Fab Four", "Joe Root? [54][55] In the tournament he scored 167 runs in six matches at an average of 33.40, including two fifties. [225][226], In the first innings of the second Test, his innings was interrupted on 80, when he was hit by a 148.7 km/h ball on the left side of his neck, under the ear from Jofra Archer. Coming in at 2/65 before lunch on a rain affected day four, Smith batted until the closure of play on day five and scored yet another century, finishing with a defiant 102* from 275 deliveries to guide Australia to a draw and denying England of its first victory in Australia since 2011. [60][61][62], In December 2018, Smith was named in Comilla Victorians's squad in the sixth edition of Bangladesh Premier League. [205] During the match South African fast bowler and player of the match Kagiso Rabada was suspended for the following Test after he made physical contact with Smith after he dismissed him. [161], Smith then led the Australian Cricket Team on their tour of Sri Lanka. [246] It involved left-arm fast-medium bowler Neil Wagner pitching short to Smith attempting to get him out caught on the leg side. [119] The Test match ended in a draw as Australia defeated India 2–0 in the series, thus returning the Border–Gavaskar Trophy to Australia. Who is the best batsman in the world? I hope in time I can earn back respect and forgiveness. Steve started positively in his first-class match with a century against Kent in Canterbury. In the final Smith's men faced Mumbai yet again. He was also debarred from consideration for any team leadership role for an additional 12 months. In the final against Trinidad and Tobago at Hyderabad, Smith made 33 with the bat and took two wickets. [17] In the final match of the season he took 7 for 64 in the second innings against South Australia.[18]. [142] Overall, Smith made 508 runs at an average of 56.44, the most runs scored in the series. 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. As well as apologising to his "teammates, to fans of cricket all over the world and to all Australians who are disappointed and angry", he specifically referred to the effect that the incident had had on his parents and implored others faced with questionable decisions to consider their parents. Only the second batsman to score more than 1,000 runs in. In the second innings, Smith played a ball onto his stumps after scoring a rapid and threatening 17 runs off 15 balls. Steven Peter Devereux Smith (born 2 June 1989) is an Australian international cricketer and former captain of the Australian national team. The three Test series was a disaster for the Aussies, losing 3–0. [240][241] Although Smith was not required to bat in the first and third T20Is against Pakistan, his valuable contribution of 80 not out in the second match helped Australia win the match by seven wickets, and go on to win the T20I series 2–0. [193][194] In February 2018 he received the Allan Border Medal and Australian Test Player of the Year award. Smith was first bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 2010 Indian Premier League as a replacement for Jesse Ryder. However, England regained the Ashes 3–2 after winning in Nottingham in early August and later saw the Test retirements of Australia's senior players: Michael Clarke, Chris Rogers and later Shane Watson, Ryan Harris and Brad Haddin. In the second Test in Lord's, Smith produced 215 runs in his first innings, his highest Test score and became the first Australian to score a double-ton at Lord's since the Second World War. [230] The concussion then ruled him out of the third Test, [231][232] though this did not stop him reclaiming the number one position in the Test batting rankings on 3 September 2019. He replicated his ton in the first Test in Pune where he produced his first century in the Indian Subcontinent, accompanied by the support of his bowlers to win their first Test match in India since 2004 and breaking India's 19 match undefeated streak, stretching back from 2012. [178] In the ODI Series against Pakistan, Smith experienced mixed results but played a vital role, with Australia later ending up routing Pakistan 4–1. The hard-hitting batsman scored 60 from just 21 balls. 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He paced his knock beautifully and played a chanceless inning. In the second innings, he took 3 wickets for 51 as Australia won by 150 runs. [201] The result was overshadowed by a stairwell confrontation between Australian vice captain David Warner and South African wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock. [115] He made his captaincy debut for Australia in the Second Test match against India at the Gabba. Australia went on to draw the second Test. [27] In his first match for his new team, he scored 39 runs off 32 balls to lead his team to victory against the Mumbai Indians. [152] Due to poor weather conditions, the third Test was a wash out, with very little play able to be held. [269] Smith spontaneously experimented with his technique during the Perth Test match in the 2013–14 Ashes, during which he decided to take a "prelim movement back and across" to counter short-pitched bowling. However, during the match, Steve Smith's catch on Fawad Alam questioned whether his catch was within the ICC laws. [126] He was named in the team of the tournament for the 2015 World Cup by the ICC. In the first Test Smith made a duck and 34 runs, and Australia lost the Test match. Smith played 4 ODI out of 5 series against South Africa where Australia defeated South Africa 4–1 in the ODI Series. [37] However, following his admission of involvement in the Australian test side's ball tampering controversy in the Third Test in South Africa in March 2018, it was announced by the team that Smith has stood down from that role and Ajinkya Rahane took charge as the new captain for Rajasthan Royals team. Cameron Bancroft, the second-youngest and most inexperienced member of the team, was captured by television cameras surreptitiously using sandpaper to rough up the cricket ball. Scroll Staff The incident occurred when in the 18th over of Pakistan's chase of 231 where Xavier Doherty delivered the ball and before Fawad made contact with his paddle sweep, Smith had moved from first slip towards leg slip to intercept the shot. [67], Smith made his Test debut at Lords in July 2010, playing both Tests against Pakistan in the 2010 Test series played in England. Steve Smith scored his second consecutive century in the series. However, Smith's hundred was in vain as India chased down the target in the 48th over, India winning the series 2–1. [118], The final Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground saw Smith in his fourth consecutive century against India. [229] Therefore, Labuschagne became the first player to become a concussion substitute in a Test match following a change in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) rules. First batsman to register ten successive scores of 50 or more against a single opponent in Test history. [259] The 3rd and final match at Bangalore became the decider, and Australia won the toss and batted. His performances were solid during the series, getting a number of starts and scoring two half centuries. [72] Smith was selected for the third test in Mohali, his first in over two years, when four players were dropped for "not doing their homework". A run of 8 wins in 10 matches helped Supergiant finish in the second position, and thus qualify for the playoffs, with Smith receiving praise for his captaincy from renowned cricketers and experts like Sunil Gavaskar and Kevin Pietersen. [122] Three days later, Smith scored his first ODI century against England producing 102 runs in 95 balls; the win saw Australia qualify for the final[123] and later defeating England to win the Carlton Mid Triangular Series in Australia 2014–15. [29][30] Smith was given the captaincy of the Royals in the latter half of the 2015 season and led the team to significant victories, thus ensuring a berth for his team in the play-off part of the tournament. He remained unbeaten on 138. On the day, if umpires believe any form of significant movement is unfair (in an attempt to deceive the batsman), then the Law still applies. [222], In July 2019, he was named in Australia's squad for the 2019 Ashes series in England. [166] Australia lost the 5-match series 5–0.[167]. Chasing a total of 196 Steve Smith and his men were up against it. [174][175] Despite intermittent rain, Australia managed an unlikely victory into the last session of day five, resulting in a 2–0 win for Australia. [150] [183] In the fourth Test in Dharmasala, Smith scored 111 in the first innings which helped Australia to a first innings score of 300. [73][74][75], In his first match innings in India he scored 92 before being stumped by Dhoni from a delivery by Pragyan Ojha, and in the second innings he managed 5 runs. He handed Bancroft three demerit points and fined him 75% of his match fee. His double century also made Smith pass 3000 Test runs, the third-youngest Australia to reach the feat. In the third Test being 2–0 down to England, Australia moved up north to Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester needing to win or draw to save the series. Steve Smith's Rajasthan Royals keep their IPL playoff hopes alive after Chris Gayle hammers his 1000th T20 six [242], Following the T20I series’, Australia played Pakistan and New Zealand at home in two and three match Test series respectively. We did a lot of things right, taking wickets in the middle, but the dropped catch was pretty costly in the middle”. [36], In February 2018, he was named as captain of Rajasthan Royals for the IPL 2018. Footage emerged showing Warner having to be physically restrained after words were spoken between the two. [209] He then hid the sandpaper in his underwear before being confronted by the on-field umpires. - Sportzpics / BCCI . Steve Smith slashes historic 62 ball century! Stokes remained unbeaten 107 runs with 14 boundaries and 3 sixes and led the charge for his side in an exceptional triumph. In the third Test, significant for being the first-ever day-night Test held at the Adelaide Oval, Smith defied difficult batting conditions to register 53 in the first innings, before falling for 14 in the second innings. In the first ODI, Steve Smith registered 164 runs at the SCG, marking the highest ODI score at the ground, beating the previous score of 162 set by AB De Villiers during the 2015 World Cup. The 2–0 victory against the West Indies gave Australia some momentum into the long waited Ashes series in the British Isles. Smith finally broke a run of low scores against Sunrisers Hyderabad, scoring 46*. [82][83] In the final Test, Smith scored his maiden Test century, which came in the first innings of the last Test of the series at The Oval,[84] reaching the total in style by hitting a six off the bowling of Jonathan Trott. He was suspended and sent home from the tour. [127] He was also named in the team of the tournament by ESPNcricinfo and Cricbuzz. Steve Smith batting for Rajasthan in an IPL match. Batting with the tail, 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 later returned to complete his innings after passing the concussion tests and was out, lbw, for 92. 10th ODI hundred in 126 matches, 4th against India. We'll see how we go. The second Test match was held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Smith later placed his seventeenth century, the fourth-fastest to do so and also reaching 1000 runs in the calendar year—his third consecutive achievement of this since 2014. In the first Test at Brisbane, Smith scored the first century of the series, 141*, which was his 21st Test century in his 105th innings—making him the third-quickest to score 21 Test centuries behind Donald Bradman and Sunil Gavaskar. [24] During the 2011 IPL player auction, he was bought by Kochi Tuskers Kerala for $200,000,[25] but he had to have an ankle operation and was not available to play for them that season. [21] In 2011–12, the Australian T20 competition became the city-based Big Bash League featuring eight teams. Following the Test series, an ODI tri-series with India and England was confirmed in preparation for the upcoming Cricket World Cup hosted by Australia and New Zealand. 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