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Profile of Australia's new test cricket captain Steve Smith

Sydney: Profile of Australian cricketer Steve Smith who was named on Monday as his country`s 45th test captain.

* Born June 2, 1989 in Sydney.

* Started his career as a promising legspin bowler and middle order batsman but is now primarily a batsman.

* Made his debut for Australia aged 20 in a Twenty20 match against Pakistan on Feb. 2010, taking two wickets and scoring eight runs.

* He has gone to play 21 T20s for Australia, with a high score of 34 and best bowling figures of 3-20.

* Made his one-day international debut for Australia in Feb. 2010, against the West Indies, taking two wickets but did not bat.

* Has since played 45 ODIs, scoring 921 runs at an average of 31.75. He has scored two hundreds and three 50s.

* He was picked for Australia`s Test team in mid 2010, aged 21, against Pakistan at Lord`s.

* He has played 23 Tests, scoring 1,749 runs at an average of 46.02 with five hundreds, nine half-centuries and a high score of 162 not out, against India at Adelaide Oval last week.

* Smith was dropped from the Test team in early 2011 after making just two half-centuries from his first five Tests.

* He was recalled to the test team just over two years later, making 92 on return.

* He scored his first test century, an unbeaten 138, in the fifth Ashes test at The Oval last year, then two more in the 2013-14 Ashes series in Australia.

* He was named in Dec. 2014 as Australia`s 45th test captain, taking over from Michael Clarke after he injured his hamstring in the first test with India.

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