Steven Smith scored the winning runs for Australia in 2015 World Cup Final
Steven Smith scored the winning runs for Australia in 2015 World Cup Final

Steven Peter Devereux Smith, born June 2, 1989, turns 29 on Saturday. The former Australian captain is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in history of Test cricket. Smith tops the ICC Test rankings for batsmen with 929 points. Many consider Smith the most prolific batter since Don Bradman. On 30 December 2017, after the end of the third Ashes Test, Smith reached a Test batting rating of 947, the second-highest of all time only behind Bradman’s 961.

Born in Sydney, to an Australian father and English mother, Smith holds dual passport. He made his debut for Australia as a leg-spinner all-rounder before transforming into a run-machine in 2013 and emerging as one of the finest batters. He is engaged to Dani Willis. At 25, he became Australia’s 45th Test captain, the youngest too.

Smith is currently banned from international cricket after his involvement in ball-tampering scandal during the Cape Town Test against South Africa. Smith was also sacked as Australia’s captain and earned a two yearlong ban on captaining in Australia for his involvement in the scandal. Smith, also earned a ban from the BCCI and thus missed the IPL 2018 where he was suppose to lead Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Major awards and achievements

  • Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year): 2015
  • ICC Test Player of the Year: 2015, 2017
  • ICC Test Team of the Year: 2015, 2016, 2017
  • ICC ODI Team of the Year: 2015
  • Allan Border Medal: 2015, 2018
  • Australian Test Player of the Year: 2015, 2018
  • Australian One Day International Player of the Year: 2015

Smith has over 10,000 runs in international cricket. Smith has 6.199 runs from 64 Tests at 61.37. He also has 3,431 runs from 108 ODIs at 41.84. He has 31 international hundreds and 61 international wickets to his name.

Selected articles on Steven Smith 

Steven Smith: 14 facts about the Australian run-machine

Steven Smith can captain Australia again: Mark Taylor

Steven Smith vows to “earn back trust”

Australia, this was looming…

Ban Steven Smith for life? Are you kidding me?

Steven Smith’s phenomenal 2017

Shuffle, leave, numb England, repeat: Steven Smith does it again

A sweet victory for Steven Smith against Virat Kohli; a circle turns full at Pune

Know Your Visitors: Steven Smith’s India challenge

Steven Smith: Australia’s young warhorse