Smith is ready to play his 100th one-day international for Australia, captain Steve Smith says his evolution as a 50-over cricketer is still far from complete.
Boasting 3188 runs at 43 in his first 99 games, Smith already stands alongside some of Australia’s greatest one-day batsmen; even if he fails to score on Thursday, his current average of 43.67 will ensure he places a comfortable third behind Dean Jones (48.82) and Michael Bevan (61.96) among Australian batsmen after 100 matches.
Nineteen of the right-hander’s first 25 innings came at No.6 or lower in the order (with no fifties) before his first match at his favoured No.3 spot against South Africa more than three years ago. In 60 innings since then, batting at either No.3, No.4 or No.5, his average balloons to 53, with eight hundreds and 17 half-centuries.
“I think I’ve evolved a lot as a white-ball player,” he said in Kolkata on Wednesday.
“Probably my most memorable innings would be the hundred I scored against India at the SCG in the (World Cup) semi-final,” he recalled today of his 93-ball 105 in Australia’s 95-run win.