It's a 100th ODI for Australian skipper Steve Smith
Australian captain Steve Smith plays his 100th ODI at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, as the visitors face India in the 2nd of the five-match ODI series. Smith, the top-rated Test batsman, hasn't been as successful in the shorter formats of the game. From his beginnings as a bowler to becoming the team's top-order batsman, let's look at his ODI journey.
Steven Smith made his ODI debut for Australia in Feb 2010, against West Indies, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. In his first 30-odd games, he was used more as a bowler, for his leg-spin bowling. He was also a part of the Australian squad in the 2011 World Cup. His first ODI 100 came only in Oct 2014, against Pakistan at Sharjah.
Steve Smith's bio on Cricket Australia website reads, "Now a batting fixture in Australia's Test top order, but initially made his name as a bowler being New South Wales' leading wicket taker in the 2007-08 KFC T20 competition with nine scalps."
Smith had a great outing at 2015 World Cup where he became Australia's leading run-scorer (402) of the tournament. While he recounts his match-winning century in Semi-final against India as the most memorable innings, Smith also has the distinction of becoming the only player to score a 50 in the quarter-final, 100 in the Semi-final, and a 50 in the final of the WC.
Having played 99 ODI matches, Smith scored 3,188 runs, which includes 8 centuries and 17 half-centuries. He has an average of 43.67 and a strike rate of 87.39. After he began batting at no.3 position, he scored 2293 runs in 48 innings, with an average of 54.59. His highest ODI score has been his 164-run knock against New Zealand in Dec 2016, at Sydney.
Smith took over as the captain of Australian team after the retirement of Michael Clarke in 2015. Of the 42 ODI matches he skippered, he has a win-loss record of 23-16.