On this day in 2010: Steve Smith made his debut in Test Cricket


On 13th July 2010, Australian cricketer, Steve Smith made his debut in Test Cricket under the leadership of Ricky Ponting. He was handed the ‘Baggy Green’ by Ponting at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Steve Smith played his first Test match against Pakistan at Lord’s. He scored 12 runs in the match and picked three wickets while giving away 51 runs in 21 overs.

In the first innings, Steve Smith came at eighth position, scoring just one run, while in the second innings, he batted at ninth position and scored 12 runs. He didn’t get to bowl in the first innings. In the second innings though, he managed to pick three wickets.

Little did anyone know that the same player would go on to become one of the greatest Test players of the current era.

The Australian cricketer is currently sitting at the number spot in the ICC Test rankings, boasting of 911 points. Indian skipper Virat Kohli sits at second position with 886 points.

So far, Steve Smith has played 73 Test matches and125 One-Day Internationals in which he has managed to score 7227 and 4162 runs respectively. He averages a staggering 62.8 in Test Cricket.

Steve Smith was last seen in the first of the three-match ODI series played against New Zealand in March. The rest of the matches in the series have been postponed to a later date due to Coronavirus.
Smith will play for Rajasthan Royals in the 2020 IPL.