Only the second batsman to score more than 1,000 runs in. 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. [242], Following the T20I series’, Australia played Pakistan and New Zealand at home in two and three match Test series respectively. He was awarded his second consecutive Compton–Miller Medal as the man of the series. [125] Smith was Australia's highest run scorer in the tournament, scoring 402 runs at an average of 67, including a century and four fifties. England within three days regained the Ashes and took an unassailable 3–1 lead and critics began to question Smith's performances in seaming conditions. Pune lost the match by one run. 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. [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. Smith looked to be in fine touch, registering 71, 138, and 53* in the three innings in which he batted, as the Australian team won 2–0. Smith said he was aware of "discussions" that are taking place about his return to captaincy but stressed he is at a comfortable space right now. It’s with this knowledge that Cricket Australia decided to name Steve Smith as captain for the rest of the Test series against India, and effectively anoint him as the long-term replacement for Michael Clarke. He was also debarred from consideration for any team leadership role for an additional 12 months. [222], In July 2019, he was named in Australia's squad for the 2019 Ashes series in England. Steve Smith has revealed he was spoken to about the captaincy vacancy over the weekend, admitting he would accept a return to the Australian captaincy but only if it’s in the team’s best interests. [246] It involved left-arm fast-medium bowler Neil Wagner pitching short to Smith attempting to get him out caught on the leg side. Ian Craig (R) with Sir Donald Bradman in 1960. His form continued as he registered his maiden T20 century against the Gujarat Lions, scoring 101 off 54 balls. View More News. [20] He was selected mainly for his bowling, and batted down the order, although his bowling was not required in the first innings. He scored 51 off 50 balls but could not lead RPS to victory. [19] Smith was the leading wicket taker at the 2008 Big Bash tournament. Smith scored his first century on Australian soil in the 4th ODI at the MCG. Australia won the match in a tight contest.[151]. He continued to play for the same franchise in 2013, under the captaincy of Angelo Mathews. Despite this, Australia won by six wickets. He retired at the age of 26 and sadly passed away last month. Test Captaincy discussions ongoing: Australia's Steve Smith With Paine, at 36, reaching the fag end of his career, a fresh captaincy discussion has started [20], In the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 competition held in the West Indies, Australia finished runners up to England. [97] Smith was not required in the second innings and Australia won the Test by 281 runs. He was named by Wisden as one of their Cricketers of the Year for 2015. [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. Steve Smith Is Looking "Pretty Scary" For Opposition Teams: Glenn Maxwell . 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. [223][224] In the first Test at Edgbaston, Smith scored centuries in both innings, his ninth and tenth Ashes centuries and his 24th and 25th overall. [3] He plays for New South Wales and Sydney Sixers in domestic cricket. Steve Smith has revealed he was spoken to about the captaincy vacancy over the weekend, admitting he would accept a return to the Australian captaincy but only if it’s in the team’s best interests. 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. [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. [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. [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. The squad later travelled to the UAE to face Pakistan in a T20 Match, three ODIs and two Tests. [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. Former Australian captain Steve Smith has admitted he'd make a comeback to the top job if it was in the best interests of the side.Smith, who was stripped of the role following the 2018 South African tour, was mentioned as a possible replacement for the injured Aaron Finch during the… [59] In October 2018, he was named as one of the fourteen Platinum category players for the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League. [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. [180], Following the training at ICC's Cricket Academy Centre in Dubai, Smith began the tour of India with a century in their maiden warm-up match in Mumbai. He received the Man of the Match award for this effort. 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. [201] The result was overshadowed by a stairwell confrontation between Australian vice captain David Warner and South African wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock. He continued his batting form and made 133 runs in the first innings before being run-out in the second innings with a score of 28. 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. As a bowler, however, after his quick rise up the batting order (until he became captain, and settled in at 4),[277] the comparisons to Shane Warne never gathered momentum. Smith scored 254 runs at an average of 84.66, the highest Australian total in the series and received the man of the series award. 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. 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. Following the 5–0 ODI defeat in South Africa, the Australian team returned home for a 3 Test series against South Africa. Joint most 50+ scores (four) in Cricket World Cup knockout matches. [12], Smith was a member of the Australian team at the 2008 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia. Subsequently, match referee Andy Pycroft for the ICC banned Smith for one Test match and fined him 100% of his match fee. He led his team to the final with a 20-run victory over Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1. [204] Smith's diminishing returns with the bat and lower than average strike rate suggested that he may have been struggling somewhat. Steve started positively in his first-class match with a century against Kent in Canterbury. [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. [262][263] On 14 August 2020, Cricket Australia confirmed that the fixtures would be taking place, with Smith included in the touring party. 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." [272][273], Much of the credit for Smith's success can also be attributed to batting coach Trent Woodhill, who coached Smith as a junior and noted his abundant talent. [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. 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. STEVE Smith has been forced to defend his captaincy tactics after Australia narrowly avoided the most humiliating loss in Test history. [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. Steve Smith has done a brilliant job in the past. In the final against Trinidad and Tobago at Hyderabad, Smith made 33 with the bat and took two wickets. The first Test was scheduled to begin on 4 December in Brisbane, but was later postponed because of the death of Phillip Hughes. 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. 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. As a teenager he earned comparisons with Bradman, and indeed that seemed to be a tag that was more of a curse than a blessing. Kim Hughes hurries away from his press conference after issuing a tearful resignation. 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: Steve Smith Will "Do A Great Job" If Given Australia Captaincy Again, Says Matthew Wade Matthew Wade said that Steve Smith has been "a … To find out more about how we use cookies, please see our Cookie Guide. 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. He was therefore banned from all international and domestic cricket for 12 months starting from 29 March 2018. [63][64] He played only two matches of the tournament before returning to Australia for elbow surgery. Japan's greenhouse gas emissions fell to record low in year to March 2020. AUS VS IND: Mark Waugh Feels Steve Smith Paid His Penance, Needs To Be Handed Captaincy Smith was removed from captaincy due to his role … Head coach Justin Langer says Smith needs to go through a 'process' before being handed the title again. 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. The three Test series was a disaster for the Aussies, losing 3–0. [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. [156][157] He was also named in the Test XI of the year 2015 by ESPNcricinfo. 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. Captaincy record: 28 matches, 4 wins, 11 draws, 13. [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. Kim Hughes (born January 26, 1954) Captaincy record: 28 matches, 4 wins, 11 draws, 13 Hughes made his Test debut in August 1977 and was captaining the side less than two years later. In the second innings, he took 3 wickets for 51 as Australia won by 150 runs. IND vs AUS 2020: Virat Kohli and co. pocket series at Sydney Cricket Ground [86] At the end of the series, the urn was retained by England after winning the series 3–0. His best bowling figures of 64/7 were taken for New South Wales against South Australia in the Sheffield Shield. Matthew Wade was appointed Australia’s 11th Twenty20 captain as a replacement for the injured Aaron Finch, in perhaps the most telling sign yet that Smith may never lead his country again. [161], Smith then led the Australian Cricket Team on their tour of Sri Lanka. ‘Smith will do a great job if he gets captaincy again’, reckons stand-in skipper Matthew Wade Asked about Smith, who lost the captaincy because of … The conclusion of the Test series saw Steven Smith man of the series, but also scoring 769 runs at an average of 128.16, the highest aggregate score in a four-test match series in Australia and also marked the highest number of runs scored against India by an Australian, surpassing Donald Bradman.[120][121]. With the ball, he took 6 wickets at an economy rate of 8.06 per over. Steve Smith’s chances of returning as Australian Test captain have firmed significantly because of a reason no-one expected. [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. 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. 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 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. [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. Steve Smith? He became known as one of the greatest batsmen of his era, frequently mentioned in the same breath as English legend W.G. The legality of the catch continued to be the main talking point after the ODI Series and afterwards ICC made a press statement stating that: "As long as the movement of a close catching fielder is in response to the striker’s actions (the shot he/she is about to play or shaping to play), then movement is permitted before the ball reaches the striker. 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. [270] Due to his unorthodox style, Smith was initially labelled as a limited-overs batsman who might struggle in the longer form of the game, especially early in his career when he was vulnerable outside off stump. Transitioning into the Test series saw Australia's continued failure against reverse swing and spin in the subcontinent. 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