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Meet Australia's new Test captain Steve Smith

Last updated on: December 15, 2014 12:23 IST
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Profile of Australian cricketer Steve Smith who was named on Monday as his country's 45th Test captain:

- Born June 2, 1989 in Sydney.

- Started his career as a promising leg-spin bowler and middle order batsman but is now primarily a batsman.

- Made his debut for Australia aged 20 in a Twenty20 match against Pakistan on February 2010, taking two wickets and scoring eight runs.

- No change in tactics as Steve Smith thrust into hot seat

- He has gone to play 21 Twenty20 Internationals for Australia, with a high score of 34 and best bowling figures of 3-20.

- Made his One-Day International debut for Australia in February 2010, against the West Indies, taking two wickets but did not bat.

- Has since played 45 ODIs, scoring 921 runs at an average of 31.75. He has scored two hundreds and three 50s.

- He was picked for Australia's Test team in mid 2010, aged 21, against Pakistan at Lord's.

- He has played 23 Tests, scoring 1,749 runs at an average of 46.02 with five hundreds, nine half-centuries and a high score of 162 not out, against India at Adelaide Oval last week.

- Smith was dropped from the Test team in early 2011 after making just two half-centuries from his first five Tests.

- He was recalled to the Test team just over two years later, making 92 on return.

- He scored his first Test century, an unbeaten 138, in the fifth Ashes test at The Oval last year, then two more in the 2013-14 Ashes series in Australia.

- He was named in December 2014 as Australia's 45th Test captain, taking over from Michael Clarke after he injured his hamstring in the first Test with India.

Image: Steve Smith.

Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

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