A belligerent left-handed opening batsman from Grenada, Devon Smith has enjoyed success at home, his ability to perform in different conditions remains to be seen.india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 18:12 IST
A belligerent left-handed opening batsman from Grenada, Devon Smith was drafted into the West Indies squad ahead of the Test series against India in March 2002, after making 750 runs for Windward Islands in the Busta Cup, though he made his debut 13 months later against a far tougher opponent.
In his first Test, against Australia, Smith scored a blazing 62 in a losing cause, but failed to score in the next Test. Throughout the series he showed promise, but it wasn't enough, and he was dropped to smoothe off the rough edges.
In 2004, he was selected to open against England, and he immediately pulled his team out of a hole with a stroke-filled century. But just as he began to settle into a groove, a freak net injury left him with a fractured thumb, and he missed the next two Tests.
A good eye compensates for Smith's lack of footwork, and though he has enjoyed success at home, his ability to perform in different conditions remains to be seen.