Is Steve Smith the best test Batsman ?
No doubt, Steve Smith is one of the best test Batsmen. Most of us know him by the name Steve Smith but his full name is Steven Peter Devereux Smith. Steve Smith was born on 02 June 1989,Sydney, New South Wales. Steve Smith started his test career in 2010 as a leg spinner who batted at number 8. Five years later he became the number one test batsman.
Phases ups and downs in the test career:
Steve Smith is currently playing for the Australia team. Steve Smith having so much ups and downs in his test career. In March 2018 Australia was playing a test series against South Africa In Newlands in Cape Town and in the third test match To Australian players Steve Smith and David Warner was caught in ball tempering with sandpapers and then Steve Smith was removed from the position of Australia captain and got ban for 12 months from cricket. After 1 year in the 2019 Ashes series Steve Smith made a strong comeback with 774 runs in the series.
Test career of Steve Smith:
33 year old Steve Smith has played 95 test matches in his International test career and he played 167 innings. He scored 8744 runs with the strike rate of 54.24 with the outstanding average of 59.89 and Steve Smith’s highest test score is 239 runs. In his test career of 95 matches Steve Smith scored 30 hundreds and 37 fifties. He scored 956 fours and 50 sixes In his 95 test match career. Steve Smith also used to do leg spin bowling. In 95 test matches he have bowled 1464 balls and took 19 wickets with the average of 53 and strike rate of 77 and economy of 4.12.
Steve Smith test career in Home, Away and Neutral venues:
In his career Steve Smith at home from 2010 to 2023 played 81 innings in 48 International test matches. Steve Smith scored 4387 runs at home with the average of 64.51 and strike rate 55.20. His highest score at home is 239 runs. He scored 16 hundreds and 17 fifties with 467 fours and 20 sixes.
If we talk about his away test career from 2013 to 2023 he played 78 innings in 43 matches and he scored 483 runs with the average of 58.32 and strike rate of 53.65. His highest score away from home is 215. He scored 14 Hundreds and 17 fifties with the help of 459 fours and 28 sixes.
In neutral venues he played only innings in 4 matches and scored 274 runs with a strike rate of 48.84 and average of 34. He scored 3 fifties at a neutral venue.
From 2010, he started his test career from batting at number 8.In his test career he batted from number 3 to number 9 all positions. at Number 3 position he played 29 matches and scored 8 hundreds. Number 4 was the best batting position for him because he played 91 Matches and scored most of his 17 hundreds at this position. He also scored 4 hundreds at position 5 and 1 hundred at position 6.
Steve Smith and the FAV 4 Story:
Now FAV 4 Now means the top 4 batsman in the world who gave brilliant performances in SENA countries which include South Africa England New Zealand Australia. These batsmen are Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Joe Root and Kane Williamson. Steve Smith is listed in this list because of his outstanding Average in SENA countries.
Steve Smith test records:
- Steve Smith was the first batsman in Test cricket who scored the fastest 7000 International runs.
- Steve Smith was the first batsman in Test cricket who scored the fastest 8000 International runs.
- He holds a record of 100 in each test innings.
- He is the first player who holds the record of most catches in the inning, that is five catches.
- He is the sixth batsman with the highest batting average in tests of 59.89.
- He is the 9th player who scored most runs as a captain in a series that is 687 runs.
Some interesting facts About Steve Smith:
- Steve Smith became the first Australian captain Who started his captaincy with three consecutive hundreds.
- Steve Smith started his career as a leg Spinner who used to bat at number 8.
- In 2018 he became the fastest Australian player to score 10000 runs.
- Steve Smith is a huge fan of tennis player Roger Federer.
- Smith currently holds the second position in the ICC test ranking.