Smith made his one-day international debut against Australia earlier this year and has since been a regular member of both the Test and one-day sides.india Updated: Apr 11, 2003 11:01 IST
Born: 1 February 1981, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Batting Style: Left Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium
Test Debut: South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, 2nd Test, 2001/02
ODI Debut: South Africa v Australia at Bloemfontein, 4th ODI, 2001/02
Smith made his one-day international debut against Australia earlier this year and has since been a regular member of both the Test and one-day sides. He scored a double-century against Bangladesh in the longer form of the game and impressed with the bat in the one-dayers. While not the most flamboyant of batsmen, Smith averages a healthy 41.27 in one-day internationals, which is topnotch.
He was left out of the World Cup squad and out of sorts Lance Klusener was retained. But after a dismal performance by South African team in the World Cup, Shaun Pollock was shown the exit door from the captaincy spot.
Media heavily criticized the elevation of Smith to the hot seat. It would be his first stint as a captain when he leads South African team for a Dhakha tri-series against India and Bangladesh. He has a very little experience of just eight Tests and 22 one-day internationals.
First Published: Apr 10, 2003 19:06 IST