March 28, 2018 / 10:31 AM / 25 days ago

Factbox - Australia's sacked captain Steve Smith

(Reuters) - Factbox on sacked Australian captain Steve Smith who was banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia on Wednesday in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

Cricket - South Africa vs Australia - Third Test - Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa - March 25, 2018 Australia's Steve Smith before the start of play REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

*Born: June 2, 1989, Sydney, Australia.

*Made test debut against Pakistan at Lord’s in 2010, scoring one and 12 and claiming three wickets.

*Although initially selected for Australia as a right-arm leg spinner, Smith went on to become a top-order batsman.

*He has played 64 tests and scored 6199 runs with a 61-plus average, hitting 23 centuries and 24 fifties.

*He was named in 2014 the country’s 45th test captain, replacing the injured Michael Clarke.

*He scored four centuries in four-consecutive home tests against India to join Donald Bradman (six), Neil Harvey, Jack Fingleton and Matthew Hayden (four each) as Australian centurions in four or more consecutive tests.

*The retirement of Clarke following Australia’s 3-2 Ashes series defeat by England in 2015 saw Smith appointed as full-time skipper.

*Smith scored five consecutive 50-plus scores in the 2015 World Cup to help Australia lift the trophy for the fifth time.

*He finished top scorer for Australia with 508 runs in the 2015 Ashes series but England won the series 3-2.

*He has scored over 1,000 test runs in each of the last four calendar years.

*He led Australia to 4-0 series victory over England in 2017-18 Ashes and finished as top scorer in the series with 687 runs in five tests.

*He was named ICC test player of the year in 2015 and 2017.

*Current world number one in ICC test batting rankings.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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