Happy Birthday Steve Smith
Happy Birthday Steve Smith (Photo Credit: Twitter @ICC)

Australia’s Steve Smith started his career as a spinner. When Smith made his debut in the Australian team as a leg-spinner, he was being compared to Shane Warne. But now Steve Smith is compared to Don Bradman. Seeing his batting in the beginning, no one would have thought that this batsman would go on to become a great Australian batsman. Smith played his first Test match against Pakistan at Lord’s in 2010. In the first Test, Smith came at number 8 and 9 to bat.

In the first Test against Pakistan, Smith took 3 wickets. In his second Test, Smith scored 77 runs against Pakistan at Leeds. In this innings, Smith had shown hope by showing a glimpse of his batting. But in the Mohali Test against India in 2013, Smith did amazing with the bat and scored 92 runs in the first innings. From there Smith started making his mark as a batsman. This was his second half-century in Test cricket.

Smith scored his first Test century at The Oval against England in 2013. Smith scored his first century by batting at number five. In the first Test at The Oval, Smith had scored 138 runs in the first innings. After this, Smith has not looked back. So far, Smith has scored 26 centuries in Tests, 9 centuries in ODIs. Smith is currently being considered among the best batsmen in the world. He has 9 wickets in Tests and 28 wickets in ODIs.

Smith returned to international cricket on 1 June 2019 after being away from cricket for one year due to the ball-tempering episode. Since then, Smith has scored 1028 runs in Tests with an average of 73.42, while in the ODIs, he has done exceedingly well by making 731 runs, with an average of 45.68. In T20 Internationals he has played 6 matches during the last one year and has managed to score 250 runs with an average of 83.33. Smith returned with a bang and proved that class is permanent.