From the section Cricket. [216][217] After missing 2018–19 season, Smith was awarded a national contract by Cricket Australia for the 2019–20 season. [169] He was awarded "man of the match". This position also allows him to play to either the on or off side with ease. 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. Australia went on to draw the second Test. He later returned to complete his innings after passing the concussion tests and was out, lbw, for 92. Smith's return to the test team came during the 2013 tour of India. [65][66], Steve Smith made his international cricket debut in a Twenty20 International match playing as a leg spinner against Pakistan at Melbourne in February 2010. Murdoch played in the second ever Test match in 1877, and played his final Test a full 15 years later in 1892, before amazingly pulling up stumps on his cricket career early in the 20th century. [70], In the 2010–11 Australian summer, Smith played three Tests in the 2010–11 Ashes series, this time playing more as a batsman, taking the number six spot in the order. Smith took 11 wickets in seven matches at an average of 14.81 to finish as the equal-second-highest wicket-taker of the tournament. [82][83] In the final Test, Smith scored his maiden Test century, which came in the first innings of the last Test of the series at The Oval,[84] reaching the total in style by hitting a six off the bowling of Jonathan Trott. As of November 2020[update], Smith has scored 26 Test and 11 ODI centuries. In the first Test at Centurion, Johannesburg, Smith made his fourth century and first in South Africa, where he and Shaun Marsh made a 233 run partnership from 4–98. He later joined the Test squad in the first Test match in Windsor Park, and scored 25 and 5 runs, respectively. [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. Ian Craig (R) with Sir Donald Bradman in 1960. Smith made two centuries with a total of 327 runs at an average of 36. Three consecutive losses, however, left his team in last position on the points table. Michael Vaughan, former England captain, has questioned the absence of Smith from the leadership role and is hopeful that if a similar case happens in ODIs and Tests, Smith should get the captaincy. 11 Player of the Match awards in Test matches, This page was last edited on 15 December 2020, at 01:39. [99] Steve Smith produced 269 runs at an average of 67.25, the third-best in the series and the second-best by an Australian, second to David Warner.[100]. [153][154][155] In the same year, he also received the Allan Border Medal, Australian Test Player of the Year and Australian One Day International Player of the Year award. He went on to captain Australia on a “rebel” tour to South Africa. 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. Captaincy record: 28 matches, 4 wins, 11 draws, 13. [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. [201] The result was overshadowed by a stairwell confrontation between Australian vice captain David Warner and South African wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock. [119] The Test match ended in a draw as Australia defeated India 2–0 in the series, thus returning the Border–Gavaskar Trophy to Australia. Parth Dhall. 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. [206] Rabada successfully appealed the ban; a decision that annoyed Smith. Discussions took place, happy to do whatever is best for team: Steve Smith on returning to captaincy Smith and vice-captain David Warner had resigned in the aftermath of the scandal during the Cape Town Test against South Africa in March 2018 and since then Tim Paine has been at the helm for the Test team while Aaron Finch has handled the limited-overs leadership. [149] During the second Test, Smith scored 27 in the first innings before breaking the shackles with 138 in the second innings. Fastest batsman to reach 7,000 runs in Tests. [161], Smith then led the Australian Cricket Team on their tour of Sri Lanka. [103], Following the T20 came the 3-match ODI series. 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