Australian cricketer and former captain Steve Smith celebrates his 33rd birthday today (2nd June). Steve Smith was born on June 02nd, 1989 in Sydney. Recently, Steve Smith reveals some amazing facts

For more than six years, Steve Smith has been the backbone of Australian cricket. The right-handed batsman has a huge fan following.

He started his career as a leg-spinner and slowly turned himself into a batsman. As of now, he hardly bowls in international cricket. During the early stages of his career in international cricket, he started as a player batting in the 7th or 8th position.

Steve Smith made his first T20 debut against Pakistan on 5th February 2010. He made his ODI debut against West Indies on 19th February 2010. His Test debut was against Pakistan on 13th July 2010.

Smith’s dream run with the bat over the years has helped him secure the 2nd position in the ICC’s Test rankings for batsmen.

Over these years Smith established himself as an important member of the Australian cricket team and it’s hard to imagine how their Test and ODI lineup would be without him.

Steve Smith’s Amazing and Important Facts: Why He Chose To Play international Cricket for Australia rather than England?

On his 33rd Birthday, Steve Smith reveals some important facts that why he wanted to play for Australia. Before playing for Australia, Smith had a chance to play for England as he was offered a three-year agreement by the Surrey club. He holds an Australian and British passport. He could have played for the Three Lions if he performed well in county cricket.

Smith in his book, “The Journey” has written the following statement; “I had to decide whether I wanted to press on with ambition to play for New South Wales and, ultimately, Australia or throw in my lot with English county side Surrey and pursue the possibility of playing international cricket for England”.

He also included the following statement “The Surrey club was aware of my status as a British passport holder and so I received a call from Alan Butcher, the former England opening batsman and father of fellow England international Mark Butcher, with the offer of the three-year deal. It was a lot of money to potentially throw at an 18-year-old and I’d never conceived of such a large amount in my life. If it had been about money then it would have been no contest. Surrey was offering me a three-year deal worth around £30,000 per year while my first rookie contract with Cricket NSW netted me around AUD$12,000.”

Smith decided to return to Australia and he played for New South Wales before earning his maiden international call-up. He made his international debut in all formats in the year 2010 as an Australian Cricketer. Smith was part of the 2011 World Cup squad as a specialist leg-spinner.

Smith’s scored his first Test century against England at The Oval in 2013 and there has been no looking back for him since then and started to grow in his career as a right-handed batsman. Smith also captained Australia in all formats.

CONCLUSION:

As of now, Steve Smith is the most successful right-handed batsman who has played 267 international matches (Test matches-85, ODI matches-128, and T20 matches-54) scoring 27 international centuries(Test matches -27, ODI matches -11) and 65 international half-centuries(Test matches-36, ODI matches -25, T20 matches-4) in all formats of cricket. He also scored 3 Double centuries in his test match carrier.

Steve Smith’s highest scores in the international matches are as follows:

  1. Test Matches239* vs England on 14th December 2017, at WACA GroundPerth
  2. ODI Matches164 vs New Zealand on 4th December 2016, at  Sydney Cricket GroundSydney
  3. T20 Matches90 vs England on 31st August 2015, at Sophia Gardens

Steve Smith’s decision to play for the Australian Cricket Team than England made him a successful and talented international player.

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