England vs Australia – Fourth Test – September 4-8, 2019
|Man of the match||$10||$5.50||$10|
|Top Australia batsman||$4.50||$3.50||$4.33|
|To score 50||$2.20||–||–|
About Steve Smith
|Name:||Steven Peter Devereux Smith|
|Age:||29 (DOB: June 2, 1989)|
|Bowling:||Right-arm leg spin|
Steve Smith was born in Sydney in 1989 and went through the Illawong Cricket Club as a junior with great aplomb, before joining the Sutherland Grade Club. He left high school as a 17-year-old to play cricket in England – a stint that would hold him in good stead many years later when he played a lone hand in a losing Australian tour to the Old Dart.
Smith made his NSW debut against Western Australia in January 2008, scoring 33 in his only knock as his team won easily. That same year he was the leading wicket-taker in the national Twenty20 cricket competition – not bad for a kid who was picked as a batsman. This lead to speculation he may be the heir apparent to Shane Warne.
A broad backlift, busy footwork and unorthodox strokeplay were trademarks of Smith’s batting from a young age. But with an average of over 50 in first-class cricket after the 2009-10 season, it was only a matter of time before he caught the attention of the national selectors.
The prodigiously talented Smith made his international debut as a leg-spinner in a T20 clash against Pakistan in February 2010. Soon after he made his ODI debut against the West Indies at the MCG in the fifth match of a series.
Smith made his Test debut against Pakistan in a clash played on neutral turf at Lord’s. Smith was chosen mainly for his bowling again, but 77 batting with the tail gave us a glimpse of what he was to become.
Smith was in and out of the Test team as an allrounder until finding his way back into the squad for a tour of India in 2013. He was also picked for the Ashes tour of the UK later that year and notched his maiden ton in the fifth Test at The Oval.
Things escalated rapidly from there. In 2015, Smith succeeded Michael Clarke as captain of Australia’s Test team; by 2017, his efforts in the five-day game were drawing comparisons to Sir Donald Bradman; and then it went to heck in 2018, when Smith, David Warner and Cam Bancroft were handed lengthy suspensions for ball-tampering on a tour of South Africa.
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