Here’s what the winning skipper Steve Smith said in the post-match presentation. [115] He made his captaincy debut for Australia in the Second Test match against India at the Gabba. 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. [102] Smith made three runs before being dismissed. "[105][106] The win saw Australia rise back to number one in the ICC ODI Rankings and Steve Smith was made man of the series for his batting performances.[107]. It was his second double-hundred and his first as captain. [216][217] After missing 2018–19 season, Smith was awarded a national contract by Cricket Australia for the 2019–20 season. [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. 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. Australia vs India, 2nd ODI: Tried to whack it too hard in IPL, says Steve Smith on his blistering form Smith's batting masterclass made the difference as Australia went on to post a … [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. The first Test was scheduled to begin on 4 December in Brisbane, but was later postponed because of the death of Phillip Hughes. [143], The retirement of Michael Clarke following Australia's 3–2 defeat in the 2015 Ashes series saw Smith appointed as the full-time captain of the Australian Test 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. Steve Smith slashes historic 62 ball century! In the second ODI he made 72 runs and in Melbourne of the final ODI he was dismissed for a duck. 0 2 minutes read. In the fourth Test at the MCG he was dismissed on 19 by Stuart Broad, but made another century with 115 runs from 154 deliveries in the first innings of the fifth and final Test at the SCG. Second youngest batsman to top the ICC Test batting rankings. [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. [95][96] The victory in Sydney marked a 5–0 victory towards Australia after a dismal 3–0 loss during the winter period of 2013. Although the squad for the 2013 Ashes was finalised in April, Smith was the vice-captain of Australia's A team and was later called into the main squad after showing some promise in the Australia's A tour to the United Kingdom in June where he made 133 runs against Ireland in Belfast but also as a backup batsman due to Michael Clarke's fitness concerns. His century in Brisbane marked his 16th Test century and his first against Pakistan. Smith smashed a sublime 36-ball 57 to help Rajasthan Royals cross the 170-plus mark in Dubai. Smith also had his contract with the Rajasthan Royals IPL team for the 2018 season terminated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India as a consequence of the sanctions. He added, "I know I will regret this for the rest of my life. We did a lot of things right, taking wickets in the middle, but the dropped catch was pretty costly in the middle”. Riding on Smith's half-century, RR managed to post a competitive 177/6 in 20 overs. [15] He was part of the New South Wales team that won the 2009 Twenty20 Champions League. Australian batsman Steve Smith celebrates his second consecutive century against India at the SCG on Sunday. [124] In the final, Australia drew against fellow neighbours New Zealand after defeating South Africa. The hard-hitting batsman scored 60 from just 21 balls. [116] Virat Kohli? In the end, the day belonged to Stokes who notched up his second IPL century. Joint most 50+ scores (four) in Cricket World Cup knockout matches. Aaron Finch scored 60. [142] Overall, Smith made 508 runs at an average of 56.44, the most runs scored in the series. [169] He was awarded "man of the match". [227][228] On 18 August 2019, the final day of the Test, Smith was replaced by Marnus Labuschagne, after further tests showed he had actually suffered concussion due to the blow the previous day. Former Australian skipper Steve Smith produced another masterclass as he smashed a scintillating century to guide his side to a comprehensive 51-run victory over India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Sunday. Smith was first bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 2010 Indian Premier League as a replacement for Jesse Ryder. [266][267], Smith is a right-handed batsman with a technique that has attracted attention for its unorthodoxy. [161], Smith then led the Australian Cricket Team on their tour of Sri Lanka. [212], Smith arrived in Sydney on 29 March. [60][61][62], In December 2018, Smith was named in Comilla Victorians's squad in the sixth edition of Bangladesh Premier League. [280] Later, in 2017–2018, he publicly criticised Glenn Maxwell's training regimen when Maxwell was dropped from the Australian ODI squad. He received the Man of the Match award for this effort. Smith came in at 1/20 and looked set to reach another hundred, but was dismissed for 98 as he played on to his stumps off Kuldeep Yadav[258], India winning by 36 runs. [12], Smith was a member of the Australian team at the 2008 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia. 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. [20], In the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 competition held in the West Indies, Australia finished runners up to England. I couldn't quite time the ball where I wanted to at certain times but no doubt I'm going to get a little bit (of short-pitch bowling) in Melbourne, I dare say, on probably a different wicket. [274] Smith is also known for his concentration, being able to bat for long periods of time, even through a whole day's play.[275][276]. He went unsold at the 2012 IPL Players Auction, but was later bought as a replacement for Mitchell Marsh by the Pune Warriors India. [147][148], —former Australian cricketer Rod Marsh on Steve Smith. - Sportzpics / BCCI . [4] On 30 December 2017, he reached a Test batting rating of 947, the second-highest of all time, only behind Don Bradman's 961. Home/Cricket News/ IPL 2020: Steve Smith Lauds Ben Stokes For His Incredible Knock After RR Defeat MI. [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. The squad later travelled to the UAE to face Pakistan in a T20 Match, three ODIs and two Tests. Smith was called into the Ashes XI squad for the first Test of 2013–14 Ashes series in Brisbane. The same month, he made his One Day International debut against the West Indies also at Melbourne, playing in the fifth match of the series. [11] The couple married at Berrima, New South Wales on 15 September 2018. In the first ODI at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Smith made his first ODI century scoring 101 runs off 118 balls to push the visitors to a 1–0 lead in the series. ... Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith (Captain), Jos Buttler (Wicketkeeper), Sanju Samson (Wicketkeeper), Jofra Archer, … Netizens lauded Steve Smith for his heroic innings online, which helped Australia race to 374 in their 50 overs. Despite this, Australia comfortably won the match by 247 runs and retained the Trans-Tasman Trophy. Smith's century vs India was the third-fastest century by an Australian, behind Maxwell (51 balls vs SL 14/15) and James Faulkner (57 vs India, 2013). [86] At the end of the series, the urn was retained by England after winning the series 3–0. [63][64] He played only two matches of the tournament before returning to Australia for elbow surgery. [283], For the 1980s NSW and Transvaal player, see, "At 26, he is a fine young man with extraordinary talent, excellent leadership qualities and a terrific temperament. [citation needed], On 15 December, Smith was named Australia's new vice-captain and following an injury to Michael Clarke, he was appointed stand-in skipper against India with Brad Haddin as his deputy. [139][140] Into the fifth and final Test match back at The Oval, Smith made his second century in the series registering 143 runs off 252 balls before being bowled by Steve Finn. After losing five consecutive Tests, Smith made 59 and 40, respectively, with the addition of his team performances to win the day-night Test match in Adelaide. He led his team to the final with a 20-run victory over Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1. [17] In the final match of the season he took 7 for 64 in the second innings against South Australia.[18]. Smith made two centuries with a total of 327 runs at an average of 36. He is the captain of Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. [136][137] In his second innings he made 58 runs before Australia levelled the series in a 405 run rout. 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. [138] In the second innings, Smith was again caught by Ben Stokes in the slips from Stuart Broad with a meagre score of 5. 100 off 62 balls. Smith's output in the first Test in Brisbane was modest, scoring 48 and 1, as the team romped home for a win in a high scoring game. [67], Smith made his Test debut at Lords in July 2010, playing both Tests against Pakistan in the 2010 Test series played in England. [192], In 2017 Smith was awarded the ICC Test Player of the Year award and named in the ICC Test Team of the Year by the ICC. [130] Australia later won the match in positive fashion, beating the West Indies by 277 runs within four days and retained the Frank Worrell Trophy. Despite skipper Virat Kohli's 89, the visitors could only manage 338-9 with Kohli falling to a magnificent Moises Henriques catch when the captain was closing in on a century. [176] The final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground marked Steve Smith's 50th Test match, as Australia whitewashed Pakistan 3–0 . [211], Cricket Australia launched an independent investigation, charging Smith with bringing the game into disrepute. 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 and praise from Shane Warne. Who is the best batsman in the world? Smith all smiles, Gayle shatters six-hitting milestone. [112] In the first Test match in Adelaide, the Australian players wore Hughes' Test cap number 408 on their playing shirts for the match as well as black armbands in honour of their former teammate. 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. [57][58], In September 2018, Smith returned to Australian club cricket by scoring 85 off 91 balls for Sutherland in a one-day match against Mosman. [108] In the first Test in Dubai, Smith made 22 runs in the first innings and 55 runs in the second innings but collectively lost the Test match by 221 runs. [31][32], During the 2016 IPL Auction, Smith was bought by new franchise, the Rising Pune Supergiants for the same price as in the previous auction ($600,000),[29] and struggled early for form. Fellow New South Welshman David Warner was appointed as his vice-captain. In the second innings, he took 3 wickets for 51 as Australia won by 150 runs. In the first Test at Centurion, Johannesburg, Smith made his fourth century and first in South Africa, where he and Shaun Marsh made a 233 run partnership from 4–98. [117] In the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Smith made his third consecutive century in the first innings of the Test match scoring 192 runs in 433 balls. [47][48] In the tournament, he scored 319 runs at an average of 39.87, including three fifties. [269] Playing in a club match in January 2010, right-handed Smith took guard left-handed and hit a six. He was suspended and sent home from the tour. Earlier in the match, it was a Hardik Pandya show who took MI to an outstanding total. His performances were solid during the series, getting a number of starts and scoring two half centuries. [158], A two Test return tour against New Zealand took place in February 2016. "Big Player, Big Impact! The second Test was successful for the captain, scoring 134* and 70* in each respective innings, as Australia went on to seal a series victory. [199] The series was marred by controversial incidents on and off field. Shortly after the series against New Zealand, a three Test series was to be held against the West Indies. [207], Australia lost by 322 runs in the third Test, with Smith barely contributing to the score. [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. [202] This led to Smith and opposing captain Faf du Plessis being called to a meeting with umpires and match officials, where they were reminded of their responsibility to control their teams. As of November 2020[update], Smith has scored 26 Test and 11 ODI centuries. I think Stokes’ intent from the first ball – he got into a nice groove tonight. In the fourth Test in Trent Bridge, Australia needed a win to draw the series. [187][188][189], Smith garnered praise from opponent captain Joe Root for leading the team from the front, and in Root's opinion Smith was the difference between the two teams during 2017–18 Ashes series. [243], In the first day-night Test match at Perth against New Zealand, Smith struggled, scoring 43 and 16, and was dismissed both innings to the short-pitched bowling of fast-bowler Neil Wagner. The achievement marked Steven Smith joined Don Bradman (6), Neil Harvey, Jack Fingleton and Matthew Hayden (4 each) as Australian centurions in four or more consecutive Tests, a streak Smith started during the 1st Test at Adelaide. Transitioning into the Test series saw Australia's continued failure against reverse swing and spin in the subcontinent. [28], In the auction for IPL 2014, Smith was bought by Rajasthan Royals for $600,000. [281], He has also been criticised for having too much influence over team selections.[282]. In the fourth Ashes test at Melbourne, Smith continued his prodigious form when he scored 76 in the first innings before he was bowled by England debutant Tom Curran, providing him with his first wicket in test cricket. Steven Peter Devereux Smith (born 2 June 1989) is an Australian international cricketer and former captain of the Australian national team. [118], The final Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground saw Smith in his fourth consecutive century against India. 11 Player of the Match awards in Test matches, This page was last edited on 15 December 2020, at 01:39. [13][14], Smith made his first-class debut for New South Wales against Western Australia at the SCG on 25 January 2008. His best bowling figures of 64/7 were taken for New South Wales against South Australia in the Sheffield Shield. I think the wicket was playing good today, the ball was coming on nicely. His 128-run partnership with Brad Haddin helped Australia come back from 5–97 to 326 all out in the first innings and eventually went on to win the Test match by 281 runs. Kings XI Punjab’s Mayank Agarwal scored his first IPL century against Rajasthan Royals on September 27. While making little impact at Lord's, Smith produced a century at Hove against Sussex on 27 July.[81]. [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. [91] Despite his success in the first innings, he mistimed a pull shot in the second innings, the ball caught in the deep by substitute fielder Bairstow off Ben Stokes' bowling, being dismissed for 15 from 50 deliveries.[93][94]. Following the victory, he was awarded "Man of the Series" after making a total of 441 runs—the most in the series from both sides. [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. [183] In the fourth Test in Dharmasala, Smith scored 111 in the first innings which helped Australia to a first innings score of 300. We'll see how we go. [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. [20] He was selected mainly for his bowling, and batted down the order, although his bowling was not required in the first innings. [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. [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. ", "Why Steven Smith is the best of the Fab Four", "Joe Root? It got worse for Royals when they lost Robin Uthappa and their skipper, Smith, early in the chase. [85] Smith became only the sixth Australian to reach his maiden Test 100 with a six. Australia won the match in a tight contest.[151]. In the first innings, Smith was dismissed again cheaply by Stuart Broad with a score of 6, as Australia capitulated in the first session of a total 60 runs from 18.3 overs—is the quickest—in terms of balls faced—a team has been bowled out in the first innings of a Test match. [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. David Warner scored 83 off 77 balls. Australia won the first Test by 118 runs[200] with Smith making scores of 56 and 38 runs. In the second innings, Smith played a ball onto his stumps after scoring a rapid and threatening 17 runs off 15 balls. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)It was a turbo-charged start to… First batsman to register ten successive scores of 50 or more against a single opponent in Test history. In a press conference at Sydney Airport, a tearful Smith started by saying that he had nothing to add to Cricket Australia's report. 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. 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. Smith made his Twenty20 cricket debut for New South Wales in a match against South Australia at Adelaide on 1 January 2008 during the six team KFC Big Bash competition. 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