1. Steven Smith
Tests(2014)-1146 runs in 17 innings in Tests. Average-89.90. Highest run scorer for Australia.
1146 runs at an average of 87.07.in 9 Tests says all about this young man who’s become a stalwart in the Aussie batting line-up. From Australia’s lead spinner and No. 8, Steven Smith has steadily risen up the batting ranks to become one of the central figures in their line-up, and arguably their most comfortable player of spin.
Thirty-three ODIS. Twenty T20s. Five Tests. Two fifties. Both in Tests.
That was Steven Smith before March 14, 2013. Six-hundred and forty-three days later, he was captain of his country.
In the first innings of Tests this year, Smith has averaged 107.12, with five centuries when the match was there to be set up. With a 10 innings minimum, Smith is second only to Don Bradman on Australia’s all-time first-innings batting averages.
The unique thing about Smithy is how busy he is at the crease, which allows him to not get overwhelmed with the situation. It must be said that Smith must be a captain’s dream; no Warner-like controversies for him.
Not only his batting, his fielding is a great asset to the team, for he is known for his fancy dives, daring catches and quick moves. He is one player who has managed to stand up to all the expectations. Whenever his team needed him, he supported them well and didn’t disappoint them.
Owing to his brilliant form, a lot depends on him at the upcoming ICC World Cup. Apart from Test matches, he also has 2 Fifties and 3 Centuries under his belt this year. So, if Australia was to do good and win the World Cup, Steven Smith is the man who can lead his team to victory.
2015 has to be a great year for Smith. Be it the upcoming Tri Series against India and England, the World Cup or the ODI match series against England later this summer, either as a captain or as a vice captain, a lot depends on him if Australia wishes to continue their grand record of 2014 into 2015.
He is just a cricket nut who works things out for himself. And, to his great benefit, does his homework.