15 May

Steven Peter Devereux Smith 

STEVE SMITH is an Australian international cricketer and former captain of the Australian national team. He was born on June 2, 1989 in Kogarah, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia to an Australian father, Peter and an English mother Gillian. Smith attended Menai High School, and left at age seventeen to play cricket in England where he played club cricket. Because his mother was born in London, Smith has dual British and Australian citizenship. He's married with Dani Willis, a commerce and a law student at Macquarie University on September 15, 2018 at Berrima, New South Wales. 

Making his first-class debut in 2008, he played for New South Wales against Western Australia. Two years later he was given his Baggy Green in a Test match against Pakistan, where he batted at No.8 and took three wickets as the front-line spinner in Australia’s win.  Although primarily a fantastic Test batsman, Smith’s exploits have been good in ODIs as well. He notched up fifty-plus scores in his five consecutive innings of the 2015 World Cup. He made his one-day international debut on 19-Feb-10, had played 108 ODI matches until he became of the fifteen players who have been named in the Australia squad to play the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He had an average of 34.48 and an economy rate of 5.34 His best ODI bowling performance was 3/16. 

He was known to give the ball a fair rip and could generate a lot 메이저사이트 of turn as a leg spinner. Smith impressed with his patience and adaptability against spin. The performances earned him a place in the Ashes tour of England in the same year. In testing conditions, he was able to hold his own and even registered his maiden Test ton. He continued to be consistent and played vital knocks in Australia regaining the Ashes while also notching a series win in South Africa in 2014.  Although he was initially selected for Australia as a right-arm leg spinner, Smith later played primarily as a batsman. 

He took over Australia’s captaincy from Michael Clarke in late 2015. But in March 2018, Smith was widely criticized for overseeing a ball tampering incident against South Africa and was removed from captaincy. His career went downhill after the ball tampering controversy for which he was banned for one year by the board. Steve stayed motivated during that lean period and eventually returned to playing cricket by participating in the Indian T20 League. 

Batting form was never an issue for him as he continued to score runs. Despite seeming a bit rusty, his class was evident and it wasn't surprising when he walked straight back into Australia's World Cup squad. At present, he is arguably among the finest batsmen in world cricket across formats. There is no denying the fact that he will be among the top batsmen of all time by the time he hangs up his boots. Read more...

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