, On 15 December, Smith was named Australia's new vice-captain and following an injury to Michael Clarke, he was appointed stand-in skipper against India with Brad Haddin as his deputy.  Smith was disappointing in output across the first two ODIs, before scoring 108 off 107 balls in the 3rd match, as he and David Warner helped Australia to 371. Smith was not required in the first match; with openers Finch and Warner chasing down the target of 256 in the 38th over. He missed the first match due to selectors picking Shane Watson over Smith but later joined the remainder of the games due to Michael Clarke's hamstring injury. ALSO READ | IPL: CSK reveals 'Thala' MS Dhoni's new obsession, fans go berserk over IPL team's post.  Smith became only the sixth Australian to reach his maiden Test 100 with a six.  In the second innings, Smith was again caught by Ben Stokes in the slips from Stuart Broad with a meagre score of 5. He is one of the best players in the team, so he is always going to be picked in the team,” Waugh said on Fox Sports’ Heavy Roller Podcast. Probably not. Following the 2010–11 Ashes, Smith did not play another Test for two years, his next Test series coming against India in March 2013. In the IPL 2011 player auction, he was taken by Kochi Tuskers Kerala for $200,000, but he … , Australia lost by 322 runs in the third Test, with Smith barely contributing to the score. The series was marred by controversial incidents on and off field. Warner and Bancroft also received bans.  The Test match ended in a draw as Australia defeated India 2–0 in the series, thus returning the Border–Gavaskar Trophy to Australia. However, England regained the Ashes 3–2 after winning in Nottingham in early August and later saw the Test retirements of Australia's senior players: Michael Clarke, Chris Rogers and later Shane Watson, Ryan Harris and Brad Haddin.  The couple married at Berrima, New South Wales on 15 September 2018. He added, "I know I will regret this for the rest of my life.  Smith was Australia's highest run scorer in the tournament, scoring 402 runs at an average of 67, including a century and four fifties. , Because his mother was born in London, Smith has dual British and Australian citizenship. RR vs RCB IPL 2020 LIVE: Rajasthan Royal’s coach Andrew McDonald’s shares thoughts on teams preparations The Australian coach express is joy over the availability of Smith for the first match. Although he was initially selected for Australia as a right-arm leg spinner, Smith later played primarily as a batsman. Smith also had his contract with the Rajasthan Royals IPL team for the 2018 season terminated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India as a consequence of the sanctions. He scored 33 in his only innings as New South Wales defeated Western Australia outright. This was Smith's first-ever second innings century; all previous centuries having been scored in the first innings of a Test match. , In the auction for IPL 2014, Smith was bought by Rajasthan Royals for $600,000. In the tournament he scored 114 runs and took seven wickets in four matches. Only the second batsman to score more than 1,000 runs in. Coming in at 2/65 before lunch on a rain affected day four, Smith batted until the closure of play on day five and scored yet another century, finishing with a defiant 102* from 275 deliveries to guide Australia to a draw and denying England of its first victory in Australia since 2011. He moves around frequently in the crease, especially during bowlers' run-up, and ends up with the toes of his feet outside off stump against right-handers, controls the bat with his bottom hand (that is, the hand closest to the blade of the bat), and is capable of playing unconventional cricket shots like the reverse sweep. At the time of delivery, Smith's stumps are fully covered, making bowled dismissals unlikely. ODI Series - Matches and Results", "Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis in expanded Australia training squad for possible England tour", "Aussies name huge 26-player group with eye on UK tour", "Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe and Daniel Sams included as Australia tour to England confirmed", "Uncapped trio make Australia's UK touring party", "Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Steven Smith, Joe Root nominated for ICC men's cricketer of the decade award", "What can India do against Steven Smith? Australian middle-order batsman Steve Smith recently opened up on his torrid IPL campaign. He scored 51 off 50 balls but could not lead RPS to victory.  Into the fifth and final Test match back at The Oval, Smith made his second century in the series registering 143 runs off 252 balls before being bowled by Steve Finn. In the third Test, significant for being the first-ever day-night Test held at the Adelaide Oval, Smith defied difficult batting conditions to register 53 in the first innings, before falling for 14 in the second innings. He received the Man of the Match award for this effort. Steve Smith’s participation in the first Test starting on Thursday could be a doubt after the 31-year-old missed the net session on Tuesday after tweaking his back whilst picking up a ball. Smith was rested for the T20 series against New Zealand and England so he could prepare for the South African Test series. Australia batsman Steve Smith did not enjoy the best of IPL seasons for Rajasthan Royals. With the ball, he took 6 wickets at an economy rate of 8.06 per over. , Next followed a three Test home series against New Zealand. It is learned that Steve Smith leaves training after complaining of a sore back during the practice session on Tuesday. This is the third-highest score by an Australian cricketer in Test matches played in India and the highest by an Australian Captain. 07 Jan 2019: Steve Smith, David Warner not to lead IPL teams: Report . The former Australia skipper hasn't had the consistent spells as skipper that he …  In the fourth Test in Dharmasala, Smith scored 111 in the first innings which helped Australia to a first innings score of 300. After an underperforming IPL both as a batsman and the captain for Rajasthan Royals (RR), Australian batsman Steve Smith gears up for a full-fledged series against India.. , Smith's return to the test team came during the 2013 tour of India. , Australia's disappointing run of form continued into their ODI tour of South Africa. , On 28 March 2018, after being banned by Cricket Australia for his involvement in a ball tampering incident, Smith's player contract with the Royals was terminated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India as Steve Smith and fellow Australian batsman David Warner were banned from playing for their respective teams for the upcoming 2018 IPL edition. In his first ODI match against England in Sydney, he was dismissed at 37 runs by Moeen Ali but continued to provide runs in the following matches leading to the final against England.  The result was overshadowed by a stairwell confrontation between Australian vice captain David Warner and South African wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock.  After missing 2018–19 season, Smith was awarded a national contract by Cricket Australia for the 2019–20 season.  The plan enjoyed good results, with Wagner dismissing Smith all four times in Perth and Melbourne, however a non-short-pitched ball from de Grandhomme claimed Smith's wicket in the final Test at Sydney, being caught at slip for 63. The Aussies were further mocked on microblogging site Twitter for below-par performances in the IPL 2020.  Rabada successfully appealed the ban; a decision that annoyed Smith. Despite this, Australia won by six wickets. Smith might still be a part of RR's plans, but they can't afford to retain him on his current contract and will be best served releasing him into the auction pool.  He then hid the sandpaper in his underwear before being confronted by the on-field umpires. I'm absolutely gutted. The legality of the catch continued to be the main talking point after the ODI Series and afterwards ICC made a press statement stating that: "As long as the movement of a close catching fielder is in response to the striker’s actions (the shot he/she is about to play or shaping to play), then movement is permitted before the ball reaches the striker. In the second Test match in Sabina Park, Smith steered Australia to a first innings score of 399, where he made 199 and became the eighth man in Test history to be dismissed on 199. His 128-run partnership with Brad Haddin helped Australia come back from 5–97 to 326 all out in the first innings and eventually went on to win the Test match by 281 runs. However, Smith now claims to have found his rhythm ahead of the upcoming ODI series against …  He then went on to score a further 45 against the Mumbai Indians, before being ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with a wrist injury.  Smith was given the captaincy of the Royals in the latter half of the 2015 season and led the team to significant victories, thus ensuring a berth for his team in the play-off part of the tournament. Smith was awarded man of the match as Australia defeated India by 4 wickets. Later he moved to Rajasthan Royals IPL team from 2014. Jones cited an example saying at 2/20, Steve Smith will do the job for you, but at 1/80 is he the person who will do the job for Australia?  He was rested for the second first-class match and in the first Test match in Cardiff, Smith made 33 in both innings as England took a 1–0 lead in the series. Steven Peter Devereux Smith (born 2 June 1989) is an Australian international cricketer and former captain of the Australian national team. Smith played in all five Tests, scoring 345 runs at an average of 38.33.  Smith was the leading wicket taker at the 2008 Big Bash tournament. Smith made his Twenty20 cricket debut for New South Wales in a match against South Australia at Adelaide on 1 January 2008 during the six team KFC Big Bash competition. During the first innings of the first Test, Smith was caught behind on 10, and did not bat again, due to Australia's dominance. A series best 244* by England's Alastair Cook then placed Australia in a tense situation that saw them trail by 164 at the start of the fourth day. Due to IPL commitments, Smith missed out on Australia's maiden warm up match against the West Indies Cricket Board President's XI on the 27th May. In the second innings, Smith played a ball onto his stumps after scoring a rapid and threatening 17 runs off 15 balls. Following an investigation by Cricket Australia, Smith was banned from all international and domestic cricket in Australia for one year starting from 29 March 2018, and from consideration for any leadership role for an additional year. Here is one player from each team who should be released ahead of the next edition of the IPL. In the previous two Sheffield seasons his form had been good without being great (averaging 37), but he was chosen for the 17-man squad, primarily as a backup batsman, rather than an allrounder as he had been in the Test team previously.  With the Australians in good form and England drawing to New Zealand and West Indies gave Australia some confidence to the countdown to the first Test in Cardiff. The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) may have been one of the most tightly contested editions in history, with all 8 teams managing to win at least 6 games in the group stage. , In the first day-night Test match at Perth against New Zealand, Smith struggled, scoring 43 and 16, and was dismissed both innings to the short-pitched bowling of fast-bowler Neil Wagner. Batting with the tail, he scored 77 including nine fours and two sixes off successive balls, helping Australia to set a competitive target after having been bowled out for 88 in the first innings. Despite this, Australia went on to win the Test series 2–0, winning both matches by an innings margin. In the second Test at Hobart, Smith made 48 not out in the first innings but the team capitulated, only making a total score of 85 runs and ending up losing the Test.  In the final, Australia drew against fellow neighbours New Zealand after defeating South Africa. In the fourth Ashes test at Melbourne, Smith continued his prodigious form when he scored 76 in the first innings before he was bowled by England debutant Tom Curran, providing him with his first wicket in test cricket. The conclusion of the Test series saw Steven Smith man of the series, but also scoring 769 runs at an average of 128.16, the highest aggregate score in a four-test match series in Australia and also marked the highest number of runs scored against India by an Australian, surpassing Donald Bradman.. Although the squad for the 2013 Ashes was finalised in April, Smith was the vice-captain of Australia's A team and was later called into the main squad after showing some promise in the Australia's A tour to the United Kingdom in June where he made 133 runs against Ireland in Belfast but also as a backup batsman due to Michael Clarke's fitness concerns. Even if they don't buy the former Australian captain back, the likes of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes are more than capable of captaining the side.  He has also defended Smith's unique batting style, and has long argued that in Australia, many naturally talented cricketers who may not necessarily have an orthodox technique are let down by over-coaching; in the years between leaving school and his elevation into international cricket, Smith had his technique picked apart by a number of well-intentioned coaches. , Following the T20 came the 3-match ODI series. Three consecutive losses, however, left his team in last position on the points table. Arriving back from the subcontinent following their 2–0 Test defeat against Pakistan. Smith made 131 off 132 balls as Australia reached a total of 286 from the 50 overs. As it was his team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Mr. Smith was fined Rs 12 lakh. Smith's good form during the Big Bash League, attracted the attention of former India Captain Sourav Ganguly, and was recruited to play for the Pune Warriors India team captained by Sourav Ganguly in the 2012 Indian Premier League.  Despite starting slowly in the first two Tests, Smith produced his first Test century on home soil in the third Test at Perth, scoring 111 from 208 balls, helping Australia display a total of 6–326 at stumps on the second day to later win the Test match and be awarded man of the match. In the second ODI he made 72 runs and in Melbourne of the final ODI he was dismissed for a duck. , Smith arrived in Sydney on 29 March.  In his second innings he made 58 runs before Australia levelled the series in a 405 run rout. However, during the match, Steve Smith's catch on Fawad Alam questioned whether his catch was within the ICC laws.  He finished the series with 774 runs at an average of 110.57, by far the most on either side. Rajasthan Royals (RR) skipper Steve Smith is still waiting to unite with the entire squad for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The same month, he made his One Day International debut against the West Indies also at Melbourne, playing in the fifth match of the series. , The next season, Kochi Tuskers were dropped from the IPL and Smith was put up for auction. , Smith garnered praise from opponent captain Joe Root for leading the team from the front, and in Root's opinion Smith was the difference between the two teams during 2017–18 Ashes series.  In 2011–12, the Australian T20 competition became the city-based Big Bash League featuring eight teams. Smith made 89 and 19 runs, respectively, but the third Test match stirred controversy about the on-field umpire's decisions and DRS (Decision Review System) causing Smith to survive on two occasions and his teammate Usman Khawaja to be dismissed. In the deciding Test match in Cape Town, Smith made 89 runs in the first innings and finished 36 not out in the second innings as Australia won the series 2–1. Team Sportstar 27 September, 2020 15:21 IST Steve Smith (Rajasthan Royals): MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma are often talked about as the best captains in the IPL but one name that often goes unnoticed is Steve Smith.  The victory in Sydney marked a 5–0 victory towards Australia after a dismal 3–0 loss during the winter period of 2013. , In November 2018, Smith was retained by Rajasthan Royals for the 2019 Indian Premier League. The cricketer dined on Indian pacers and spinners alike en route to stockpiling third and fourth fastest hundreds for any Australian batsmen in ODI cricket, all in a space of three days. In the fourth Test in Trent Bridge, Australia needed a win to draw the series.  In the first Test in Dubai, Smith made 22 runs in the first innings and 55 runs in the second innings but collectively lost the Test match by 221 runs. While his first-class bowling average in the high forties was not as impressive, his bowling appeared to be steadily improving following some well-publicised mentoring and praise from Shane Warne. Transitioning into the Test series saw Australia's continued failure against reverse swing and spin in the subcontinent. , In the first innings of the fourth Test at Old Trafford Smith scored his third double-century in Test matches and third century in the series and became the first batsman to score 500 or more runs in three successive Ashes series.  He was selected mainly for his bowling, and batted down the order, although his bowling was not required in the first innings. , In a similar vein to Bodyline devised by England in the 1930s to disrupt Bradman's scoring, which was largely employed by Harold Larwood, New Zealand devised a set of tactics to curb Smith's scoring.  This also marked Steve Smith's first Test century against India and at the Adelaide Oval.  Smith was the highest run scorer in the series, scoring 499 runs at an average of 71.29, including three centuries.. The Royals lost to Mumbai Indians by 57 runs bowled out for 136 in a chase of 194. Joint most 50+ scores (four) in Cricket World Cup knockout matches. Steve Smith? , In February 2018, he was named as captain of Rajasthan Royals for the IPL 2018. Steve Smith had missed all three ODI's against England after getting hit on the head during a practice session. The Aussie's reputation took a major hit in IPL 2020, and we may see teams being very reluctant to spend big on him in the future. His best bowling figures of 64/7 were taken for New South Wales against South Australia in the Sheffield Shield. , Much of the credit for Smith's success can also be attributed to batting coach Trent Woodhill, who coached Smith as a junior and noted his abundant talent. In the first ODI at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Smith made his first ODI century scoring 101 runs off 118 balls to push the visitors to a 1–0 lead in the series.  In the final match, the Sixers beat Perth Scorchers by 7 wickets while chasing down the target of 157 within 18.5 overs after the Scorchers made 5/156 in 20 overs.  In his first match in Perth he registered 10 runs but in the following games he made 73*, 104 and 67 runs.  In the tournament he scored 167 runs in six matches at an average of 33.40, including two fifties. Fastest batsman to reach 7,000 runs in Tests. NEW DELHI: Steve Smith 's return is a big plus for Australia and a "big headache" for Team India, feels Australia batsman Glenn Maxwell ahead of the blockbuster clash which begins next week. Steve Smith is the highest earner in the RR side with a salary of 12.5 crores, but he was far from his best in IPL 2020. Smith was called into the Ashes XI squad for the first Test of 2013–14 Ashes series in Brisbane.  He was also named the second-best player of the tournament.  Pakistan made a 4th innings total of 450, as Australia won by 39 runs. Australia won the match in a tight contest.. ", Despite Smith scoring 214 runs from 5 innings at an average of 42.80, and atypically for Smith a low strike rate of 34.13—who just three months earlier in the 2019 Ashes scored at a rate of 64.71 per 100 balls—Australia managed to win all three Tests by a margin of over 200 runs, largely thanks to Marnus Labuschagne's batting, who scored 549 runs from 6 innings at an average of 91.5, with two hundreds and three fifties.  In the first Test match in Adelaide, Smith scored 162* from 298 balls in the first and made 52* in the second innings, defeating India by 48 runs into day five.  In the second Test he was called to bowl only ten overs and took no wickets, although he played an impressive role with the bat in the second innings. Smith joined the Sydney Sixers and filled in as captain when Brad Haddin could not play due to Test duties, subsequently leading the team to victory in the inaugural season.  He made his captaincy debut for Australia in the Second Test match against India at the Gabba. As of November 2020[update], Smith has scored 26 Test and 11 ODI centuries. The report stated that, while he did not develop the plan, Smith was found to have misled match officials and others, and as captain did not act to prevent it. Following the victory, he was awarded "Man of the Series" after making a total of 441 runs—the most in the series from both sides.  Since re-establishing his working relationship with Woodhill, Smith appears to have regained calm and confidence in his cricket, which has since produced results over the last few seasons.  Smith was RPS's highest run scorer in the tournament, scoring 472 runs at an average of 39.33, including three fifties. It was his second double-hundred and his first as captain. Smith played 4 ODI out of 5 series against South Africa where Australia defeated South Africa 4–1 in the ODI Series. In the first Test Smith made a duck and 34 runs, and Australia lost the Test match. IPL 2020 Rajasthan Royals Team Review: RR meandered from win to loss, chopped and changed both starting XIs and batting line-ups on numerous occasions but nothing seemed to work.  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..  In ODIs it becomes more apparent, as he will put himself on to bowl when others' economy rates are too high.  In the final Test match at Delhi, Smith made 46 and 18 runs, respectively, but Australia was unable to win the Test match as India secured a 4–0 series win. They lost the first 3 matches, largely attesting to their young bowling attack's inability to contain a strong South African batting line-up. While Australia's last tour in the British Isles was in 2013, the emergence of England's Joe Root and Australia's Steve Smith saw an awaited clash to determine the better batsman in the upcoming series.  In 2011, Smith started dating Dani Willis, a commerce and law student at Macquarie University.  In the tournament, he scored 379 runs at an average of 37.90, including four fifties. In the first Test in Brisbane, Smith made 130 and 63 runs. Smith came in at 1/20 and looked set to reach another hundred, but was dismissed for 98 as he played on to his stumps off Kuldeep Yadav, India winning by 36 runs.  Despite the large total, it was chased down by South Africa in the 50th over. He was quick to score his 22nd century at the WACA, before he converted that into a career-best 239.  Due to poor weather conditions, the third Test was a wash out, with very little play able to be held. He said that as captain of the Australian cricket team, he took full responsibility (even though he did not devise the plan to change the condition of the ball or actually perform the act), and that he had made a serious error in judgement: "It was a failure of leadership, my leadership." Smith is believed to have only fielded for 10 minutes on Monday, after which he went off with the physio. Subsequently, match referee Andy Pycroft for the ICC banned Smith for one Test match and fined him 100% of his match fee. Smith played just one ODI match during England's tour during 2013–14, in the 4th ODI at Perth where he made 19 runs. His 25th came in his 119th innings, second only to Don Bradman (who took 69 innings). , In May 2018, Smith was named as one of the ten marquee players for the first edition of the Global T20 Canada cricket tournament. The five-month break from cricket activity saw a surprise pick of Smith called up for the 2014 Zimbabwe Tri-Series on the August 2014.  However, Smith compensates for his unique technique with outstanding hand-eye co-ordination, focus, and his footwork, especially to spin bowlers, is exemplary.  In his first representative match since his conviction for ball-tampering, Smith scored 61 runs from 41 balls alongside Anton Devcich as the Toronto Nationals won by six wickets against the Vancouver Knights. England within three days regained the Ashes and took an unassailable 3–1 lead and critics began to question Smith's performances in seaming conditions. His performances were solid during the series, getting a number of starts and scoring two half centuries. His century in Brisbane marked his 16th Test century and his first against Pakistan. , On 16 July 2020, Smith was named in a 26-man preliminary squad of players to begin training ahead of a possible tour to England following the COVID-19 pandemic. 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