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Steve Smith profile: Career stats, Test, ODI, T20I appearances, Ashes record

Steve Smith is without doubt one of the very best batters that Australia has produced, having evolved from a potential leg-spinning all-rounder to a middle-order run machine.

Smith recently took up a new role as a Test opener following the retirement of long-term team-mate David Warner, so there looks to be no end to his international career on the horizon.

The 34-year-old has racked up nearly 330 appearances for the Baggy Greens across the three formats, but it is his exploits in the Test arena that really stand out.

Career record

 

Matches

Innings

Not Outs

Runs

Highest Score

Average

Test

109

195

25

9,685

239

56.97

ODI

158

142

18

5,446

164

43.91

T20I

67

55

11

1,094

90

24.86

Ashes record

Matches

Innings

Not Outs

Runs

Highest Score

Average

37

66

5

3,417

239

56.01

Test excellence took time

Smith’s Test career certainly didn’t start with a bang, with his wait for a first Test century taking more than three years and 23 innings, with Steve Waugh having also taken time to become a Test star.

Waugh would also go on to be an all-time Aussie great and he is one of just three Baggy Greens batters to have made more Test runs than Smith, with Ricky Ponting top of the pile on 13,378.

Having made his first Test ton against England at The Oval in August 2013, Smith would register a first double century in an Ashes Test at Lord’s just under two years later.

He would continue to be an absolute thorn in the side of England, racking up 687 in the 2017/18 Ashes series on home soil and bettering that with 774 runs in England in the summer of 2019 - averaging well in excess of 100 in both of those two series.

Ashes runs are always going to be a marker for an Australian batter, with Smith averaging 56.01 in 37 Tests played against England, however, it is his record against India which marks him out as someone truly special.

In 19 Tests against India, Smith has made 2,042 runs at a superb average of 65.87, making nine centuries in 37 innings.

His Border-Gavaskar Trophy efforts include four centuries and 769 runs at 67.75 in the series in Australia in 2014/15, which was followed up by another three 100s in the return series in India in 2016/17.

Smith also made 121 as Australia beat India in the World Test Championship final last year, although he has since made just one century in his last 25 Test knocks.

World Cup wins highlight ODI career

Smith has managed to enjoy a fine one-day international career, despite perhaps not being a perfect fit for the format due to him not being a natural big-hitter.

Having made his ODI debut back in February 2010, Smith did not register a century until October 2014 against Pakistan, but he has since reached three figures another 11 times, with his highest score 164 made against New Zealand at the SCG in December 2016.

Again, a true marker of the class Smith possesses is his record against India - he has made 1,310 runs in 25 innings, including five centuries and six fifties.

His high point against the Indians came in 2020, when he made 100s in three successive ODIs against that opposition, having fallen two runs short of a ton in his previous one-dayer against India.

Smith was also a member of the Australia squads who triumphed at the 2015 and 2023 50-over World Cups.

T20Is not a strong suit

Smith has played in 67 T20Is for Australia, but in truth he is not really the sort of batter who flourishes in the shortest form of the international game.

He has registered just five half-centuries from 55 innings in the format, with his highest score 90 against England in Cardiff in August 2015, while he has only passed 50 once in his last 27 T20I innings.

The next T20 World Cup is just around the corner and Smith is a far from certain selection, having been a part of the team who triumphed at the 2021 tournament.

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