[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. [171][172][173] Pakistan made a 4th innings total of 450, as Australia won by 39 runs. His 25th came in his 119th innings, second only to Don Bradman (who took 69 innings). "[213][214][215], In April 2019, he was named in Australia's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. [281], He has also been criticised for having too much influence over team selections.[282]. He also scored his 1,000th run in the 2014 calendar year, and became the eighth-fastest Australian to reach 2000 Test runs, beating previous Australian captains such as Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting. [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. Fastest batsman to reach 7,000 runs in Tests. The five-month break from cricket activity saw a surprise pick of Smith called up for the 2014 Zimbabwe Tri-Series on the August 2014. [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. The win in Adelaide avoided a 3–0 whitewash at home, as the 2–1 defeat marked Smith's first series defeat at home. [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. [158], A two Test return tour against New Zealand took place in February 2016. 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. 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. Courtesy of their win in the India vs … While making little impact at Lord's, Smith produced a century at Hove against Sussex on 27 July.[81]. 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. [113] In the first Test match in Adelaide, Smith scored 162* from 298 balls in the first and made 52* in the second innings, defeating India by 48 runs into day five. Having had a topsy-turvy Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 campaign with Rajasthan Royals, Smith has claimed to have 'found his hands' just days ahead of the first ODI against Virat Kohli's Indian cricket team in Sydney. He was suspended and sent home from the tour. Fellow New South Welshman David Warner was appointed as his vice-captain. Smith went on to score only 2 against India, as Australia were knocked out of the tournament. In the first and only T20 match, Pakistan won the toss and made 96 runs in their allotment of 20 overs, setting Australia a target of 97 runs to win. [222], In July 2019, he was named in Australia's squad for the 2019 Ashes series in England. [47][48] In the tournament, he scored 319 runs at an average of 39.87, including three fifties. 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. [246] It involved left-arm fast-medium bowler Neil Wagner pitching short to Smith attempting to get him out caught on the leg side. His only century and highest IPL score came in a match against Gujarat Lions. At the time of delivery, Smith's stumps are fully covered, making bowled dismissals unlikely. [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. Despite this, Australia went on to win the Test series 2–0, winning both matches by an innings margin. [266][267], Smith is a right-handed batsman with a technique that has attracted attention for its unorthodoxy. After the Test series against South Africa, New Zealand played 3 ODIs in between the two Test series against South Africa and Pakistan. [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]. He handed Bancroft three demerit points and fined him 75% of his match fee. [40][41][42][43], In November 2018, Smith was retained by Rajasthan Royals for the 2019 Indian Premier League. 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. As an all-rounder, he scored 166 runs with the bat from nine matches with a strike rate of 130.71, including one half century. 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. Shortly after the series against New Zealand, a three Test series was to be held against the West Indies. 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 did so well for Sevenoaks that he was picked to play for Surrey's second XI. [138] In the second innings, Smith was again caught by Ben Stokes in the slips from Stuart Broad with a meagre score of 5. [8] Since re-establishing his working relationship with Woodhill, Smith appears to have regained calm and confidence in his cricket, which has since produced results over the last few seasons. En route to the tri-series final, Smith was handed his first ODI match on 20 January as the skipper after George Bailey was suspended for a slow-over rate earlier in the series. In the second test at Melbourne, Smith continued to find form when he scored 85 in the first innings before he was again dismissed by Neil Wagner, denying Smith of a record fifth consecutive Test century at the MCG. In 2015 Smith was awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year) and ICC Test Player of the Year award and named in ICC Test Team of the Year and ICC ODI Team of the Year by the ICC. Stokes's performance was widely hailed. [209] He then hid the sandpaper in his underwear before being confronted by the on-field umpires. It got worse for Royals when they lost Robin Uthappa and their skipper, Smith, early in the chase. 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. [128][129], After winning the World Cup in March, Australia's winter schedule was later released with the Test team returned from their short break towards their two Test series against the West Indies in the Caribbean. The three Test series was a disaster for the Aussies, losing 3–0. Smith made 89 and 19 runs, respectively, but the third Test match stirred controversy about the on-field umpire's decisions and DRS (Decision Review System) causing Smith to survive on two occasions and his teammate Usman Khawaja to be dismissed. 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. I think Stokes’ intent from the first ball – he got into a nice groove tonight. [69], Smith's fielding attracted attention during the 2009–10 season with some spectacular catches in the outfield. [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. Stokes remained unbeaten 107 runs with 14 boundaries and 3 sixes and led the charge for his side in an exceptional triumph. - Sportzpics / BCCI . His performances were solid during the series, getting a number of starts and scoring two half centuries. [169] He was awarded "man of the match". He also took nine catches throughout the tournament. [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. [114] This also marked Steve Smith's first Test century against India and at the Adelaide Oval. [11] The couple married at Berrima, New South Wales on 15 September 2018. [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. He made scores in his thirties in his participating matches but only made 10 runs in the final against South Africa on 6 September, where South Africa went on to win the Tri-Series. [49], In May 2018, Smith was named as one of the ten marquee players for the first edition of the Global T20 Canada cricket tournament. 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. [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. [91] Smith remarked "Everything sort of just clicked into place and it felt really good so I've continued doing it". [165] Despite the large total, it was chased down by South Africa in the 50th over. [20] He was also named the second-best player of the tournament. ", "Why Steven Smith is the best of the Fab Four", "Joe Root? [149] During the second Test, Smith scored 27 in the first innings before breaking the shackles with 138 in the second innings. [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]. [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]. 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. The first Test was later rescheduled to the Adelaide Oval on 9 December and Brisbane would be hosting the second Test on 17 December. [60][61][62], In December 2018, Smith was named in Comilla Victorians's squad in the sixth edition of Bangladesh Premier League. As of November 2020[update], Smith has scored 26 Test and 11 ODI centuries. Despite Pakistan being bowled out for a low score of 142 in the first innings, Smith's captaincy tactics sparked a mixed response from critics when the on-field umpires made the decision to increase the fourth day evening session for another thirty minutes, believing a result would be determined. Joint second-fastest batsman (after Don Bradman), youngest Australian and fourth youngest overall to reach 6,000 runs in Tests. [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". [186] On 16 December 2017, Smith scored 239 on the final Ashes match at WACA Ground. Smith made 3 hundreds and 3 fifties. [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. [166] Australia lost the 5-match series 5–0.[167]. 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[101] In his first match against Zimbabwe, he was run out by Sikandar Raza. Despite this, Australia won by six wickets. [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. Samson too other end scored a match-winning half-century. 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. [269] However, Smith compensates for his unique technique with outstanding hand-eye co-ordination, focus,[271] and his footwork, especially to spin bowlers, is exemplary. Earlier in the match, it was a Hardik Pandya show who took MI to an outstanding total. I've sort of moved things a little bit across to leg stump and now I'm going just outside off stump". Australia's Steve Smith celebrates after reaching his century during the one-day cricket match against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Sydney. Steve Smith smashed a half-century to snap a run of poor form for the Rajasthan Royals but a whirlwind innings from AB de Villiers led Royal Challengers Bangalore to the win. [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. 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. [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. [170], Pakistan was scheduled to have three Test series and 5 ODIs. Smith made two centuries with a total of 327 runs at an average of 36. [181][182] In the 3rd Test match in Ranchi, which is the first-ever Test match hosted at this venue, Steve Smith scored yet another century, 178 not out. 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. [193][194] In February 2018 he received the Allan Border Medal and Australian Test Player of the Year award. [15] He was part of the New South Wales team that won the 2009 Twenty20 Champions League. 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 … "[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]. 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