Cricket World Cup 2019 - Steve Smith

Steve Smith in action for Australia
Steve Smith in action for Australia. Photo credit: Photosport/AP

Age: 29
Right-handed batsman
Right-arm leg-spin bowler
Born: June 2, 1989
ODI debut: February 19, 2010 (108 matches)
ODI batting: 3431 runs (41.84 average, eight centuries, 19 fifties,164 top score)
ODI bowling: 27 wickets (34.48 average, 3/16 best)  
Social links: @stevesmith49 (Twitter), @steve_smith49 (Instagram)

Smith is often regarded as one of the best batsmen in world cricket and returned test batting rating of 947 in December 2017 - the second-best ever, behind Don Bradman.

Was originally selected for Australia as a leg spinner, but developed into a specialist batsman, batting at three or four. He was named ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2015 and Test Player of the Year in 2015, 17.

Was Australia's highest runscorer during their triumphant World Cup campaign, scoring 402 runs at an average of 67, including a century and four fifties.

The former national captain is returning from a 12-month suspension from international and domestic cricket, after overseeing a ball-tampering incident in the third test against South Africa last year. He cannot be consider for captaincy for another year.