Steven Smith has an average of over 60 in Tests © Getty Images
Steven Smith has an average of over 60 in Tests © Getty Images

Born on June 2, 1989, Australia captain Steven Smith turns 27 today. Smith has been in phenomenal form of late and has an average of over 60 in Tests. He recently took over as Australia’s T20 International (T20I) captain and led them in the ICC World T20 2016, where Australia crashed out in the group stage. Smith took over as Australia captain after Michael retired from international cricket after Australia conceded the Ashes in the recently-concluded series in England. He has played 41 Tests, 72 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and 30 T20Is for Australia. He initially broke into the Australian side as a leg-spinner, but during the course of his career, transformed himself into a top-order batsman. READ: Steven Smith concerned over pink ball’s behaviour in Australia vs Pakistan 2016-17, day-night Test at Brisbane

Smith also has a decent bowling record. He has picked up 16 Test wickets, 27 ODI wickets and 17 T20I wickets for Australia in his career so far. Smith will be entrusted to lead Australia in their next phase. His first assignment will be to lead Australia in the tri-series in the Caribbean. READ: Steven Smith expects South Africa, West Indies to fear Mitchell Starc

Smith also played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 recently. He played under the leadership of MS Dhoni for Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS). He also scored his maiden T20 ton against Gujarat Lions (GL) and that happens to be his only century in the shortest format. Smith is currently the No. 1 ranked Test batsman ahead of top class players like Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Hashim Amla. While Smith rise to the top of world cricket is phenomenal, he is just about getting started.