The Summer of Steve Smith

Much has been made over the course of the 2015 ICC World Cup about the performances by AB de Villiers, Martin Guptill, and Kumar Sangakarra.  And rightfully so, all three have been spectacular to watch as they’ve lifted their teams with magic at the crease.  Another player worth heaping praise on has been Steve Smith of Australia. Don’t remind anyone on the subcontinent, though they aren’t likely to soon forget, Smith has 5 centuries in 7 matches against India this summer, including 105 in last night’s semi-final win over MS Dhoni’s men.  Steve Smith has knocked in 921 runs, an average of 115 versus India in those matches. And to think, the Aussie wasn’t even in the ODI first XI when the summer began.

For the man who hit a century in each of the early summer Tests against India, last night proved to be little different.  Smith was in complete control at the crease forming an excellent partnership with Aaron Finch that was good for 182.  Poised and determined, the new Test captain reached fifty off 53 balls and capped off his century off 89 with a back-to-back six and four. It was just another night in a summer filled with success at the crease for the 25 year old Smith.

Perhaps the only blight on an otherwise incredible few months for Smith came when he was caught out after just 4 in Auckland against New Zealand during the pool match on February 28th.  The Kiwis will be looking for a repeat of that performance when they take on Smith and Australia in the final at the MCG on Sunday, while Smith surely will be hoping his golden summer brings the home side their 5th World Cup.

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