Steven Peter Devereux Smith
(born 2 June 1989) is an Australian international cricketer
and former captain of the Australian national team
. On 30 December 2017, he reached a Test batting rating
of 947, the second-highest of all time, only behind Don Bradman
's 961. He was ranked top Test batsman
in the world in 2015, 2016 and 2017, according to the ICC Player Rankings
. Smith is often regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world and considered the "best since Bradman" due to his high batting average. He has played for New South Wales
and Sydney Sixers
in domestic cricket and is the captain of Rajasthan Royals
in the Indian Premier League
Awards Smith has won include the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year) in 2015; ICC Test Player of the Year in 2015, 2017; the Allan Border Medal for the best player in Australian Cricket in 2015, 2018; Australian Test Player of the Year: 2015, 2018 and Australian One Day International Player of the Year: 2015. He was named by Wisden as one of their Cricketers of the Year for 2015. In 2014, Martin Crowe described Smith as one of the young Fab Four of Test cricket along with Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli.
In March 2018, Smith was widely criticised for overseeing ball tampering in the third Test against South Africa, during which he stood down from the team captaincy and was replaced by Tim Paine. Following an investigation by Cricket Australia, Smith was banned from all international cricket and domestic cricket in Australia for one year starting from 29 March 2018 and would not be considered for a leadership role for additional year.