Steve Smith. (Source: Twitter)

Steve Smith is widely acknowledged as one of the best cricketers to have played the sport. Born and raised in Sydney, Smith moved to England at the age of 17 and played club cricket there. He then moved back to Australia and became a member of the Australian cricket team to play in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup. He then joined the Big Bash League and Australian first-class cricket, following which he made his international debut in the shortest format of the game against Pakistan in February 2010. He also made his one-day international (ODI) debut in the same month against the West Indies in Melbourne, Australia.

Steve Smith had initially joined the Australian national team as a leg spinner and batted at lower positions in the batting line-up. However, since his Test debut in July 2010 against Pakistan, he eventually moved up the batting order. He has consistently performed well in all three formats of the game, especially in Test cricket. Smith has been ranked as the top Test batsman in the world in 2015, 2016, and 2017. He has a fantastic Test batting average of 61.8.Talking about his international career, he has played 128 ODIs, 45 T20Is and 77 Test matches for Australia with a combined return of 12,712 runs.

(As per May 1, 2021)