Smith might still be a part of RR's plans, but they can't afford to retain him on his current contract and will be best served releasing him into the auction pool. It is learned that Steve Smith leaves training after complaining of a sore back during the practice session on Tuesday. The team's skipper started off well - … , Smith was once again featured in ICC's 2016 Cricket Awards as a 12th man for the ICC Test team of the year. Smith made 3 hundreds and 3 fifties. However, various other players failed to deliver despite being amongst the highest earners in the competition and might be released ahead of IPL 2021, which is mere months away. In the first Test at Brisbane, Smith scored the first century of the series, 141*, which was his 21st Test century in his 105th innings—making him the third-quickest to score 21 Test centuries behind Donald Bradman and Sunil Gavaskar. , In July 2019, he was named in Australia's squad for the 2019 Ashes series in England. In the previous two Sheffield seasons his form had been good without being great (averaging 37), but he was chosen for the 17-man squad, primarily as a backup batsman, rather than an allrounder as he had been in the Test team previously. , Smith made his first-class debut for New South Wales against Western Australia at the SCG on 25 January 2008.  Steven Peter Devereux Smith (born 2 June 1989) is an Australian international cricketer and former captain of the Australian national team. Smith came in at 1/20 and looked set to reach another hundred, but was dismissed for 98 as he played on to his stumps off Kuldeep Yadav, India winning by 36 runs.  During the match South African fast bowler and player of the match Kagiso Rabada was suspended for the following Test after he made physical contact with Smith after he dismissed him. Shortly after the series against New Zealand, a three Test series was to be held against the West Indies. Skipper Steve Smith is happy with the Rajasthan Royals team combinations for IPL 2020 and is confident that they will put up a good show. In the first innings, Smith was dismissed again cheaply by Stuart Broad with a score of 6, as Australia capitulated in the first session of a total 60 runs from 18.3 overs—is the quickest—in terms of balls faced—a team has been bowled out in the first innings of a Test match. He received the Man of the Match award for this effort. After making half centuries against Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, he later steered Australia into the final after making a century against India in the semi-finals at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Get all the IPL action at your fingertips. Smith is believed to have only fielded for 10 minutes on Monday, after which he went off with the physio. The team's skipper started off well - much like the rest of his team - but his form tapered off and he finished with just 311 runs in 14 games at an average of 25.91. Australia's target to chase 183 runs after a New Zealand collapse saw Steve Smith score 58 not out alongside the skipper, Michael Clarke as Australia won by 7 wickets with 101 balls remaining. Smith scored 254 runs at an average of 84.66, the highest Australian total in the series and received the man of the series award.  Smith was RPS's highest run scorer in the tournament, scoring 472 runs at an average of 39.33, including three fifties. The result was overshadowed by a stairwell confrontation between Australian vice captain David Warner and South African wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock.  He was also named the second-best player of the tournament.  The second Test in Port Elizabeth saw a slower pitch as Smith made 49 and a duck and South Africa levelled the series 1–1. Maxwell scored a blistering 19-ball 45 … The first Test was scheduled to begin on 4 December in Brisbane, but was later postponed because of the death of Phillip Hughes.  Despite intermittent rain, Australia managed an unlikely victory into the last session of day five, resulting in a 2–0 win for Australia. The three Test series was a disaster for the Aussies, losing 3–0. He replicated his ton in the first Test in Pune where he produced his first century in the Indian Subcontinent, accompanied by the support of his bowlers to win their first Test match in India since 2004 and breaking India's 19 match undefeated streak, stretching back from 2012. , The next season, Kochi Tuskers were dropped from the IPL and Smith was put up for auction. In the first and only T20 match, Pakistan won the toss and made 96 runs in their allotment of 20 overs, setting Australia a target of 97 runs to win. His form continued as he registered his maiden T20 century against the Gujarat Lions, scoring 101 off 54 balls.  At the end of the series, the urn was retained by England after winning the series 3–0. , Smith was rested for the T20 series against New Zealand and England so he could prepare for the South African Test series. The report stated that, while he did not develop the plan, Smith was found to have misled match officials and others, and as captain did not act to prevent it.  The concussion then ruled him out of the third Test,  though this did not stop him reclaiming the number one position in the Test batting rankings on 3 September 2019. Despite this, Australia won by six wickets.  The victory in Sydney marked a 5–0 victory towards Australia after a dismal 3–0 loss during the winter period of 2013. , On 28 March 2018, after being banned by Cricket Australia for his involvement in a ball tampering incident, Smith's player contract with the Royals was terminated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India as Steve Smith and fellow Australian batsman David Warner were banned from playing for their respective teams for the upcoming 2018 IPL edition. In the second ODI he made 72 runs and in Melbourne of the final ODI he was dismissed for a duck. He was therefore banned from all international and domestic cricket for 12 months starting from 29 March 2018. (BCCI.) , On 16 July 2020, Smith was named in a 26-man preliminary squad of players to begin training ahead of a possible tour to England following the COVID-19 pandemic. 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