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Steven Smith becomes the first player to score a century on Test and ODI captaincy debuts

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Steven Smith

Steven Smith is form of his life at present. He is been scoring runs with ease. He scored a century in the Ashes in England, two centuries in Ashes in Australia and then a century in South Africa as well. There were never many predictions that he will be the next Aussie captain. He scored an unbeaten 162 and unbeaten 52 in the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at Adelaide to continue his form.

Michael Clarke was ruled out of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy due to the injury and Brad Haddin was expected to captain in his absence. But a brave decision from the Australian Cricket Board changed the picture. They gave a chance to young Steve Smith to lead their national team. And he continued to pile up runs. He scored 133 runs in his first Test inning as captain and scored 192 and 117 in the next two Tests of the series against India.

Steven Smith became the ninth Aussie to score a century in his first Test match as captain and the fifth Aussie to do in his first inning as captain.

Century on captaincy debut for Australia in Tests

Batsman

Runs

Against

Venue

Date

WL Murdoch

0, 153*

England

The Oval

September 6, 1880

GHS Trott

0, 143

England

Lord's

June 22, 1896

MA Noble

133, 22

England

Sydney

December 11, 1903

C Hill

191

South Africa

Sydney

December 9, 1910

WW Armstrong

12, 158

England

Sydney

December 17, 1920

AL Hassett

112

South Africa

Johannesburg

December 24, 1949

GS Chappell

123, 109*

West Indies

Brisbane

November 28, 1975

GN Yallop

7, 102

England

Brisbane

December 1, 1978

SPD Smith

133, 28

India

Brisbane

December 17, 2014


Century on captaincy debut for other teams in Tests

The table below lists the players who scored centuries in their first test as captain for the rest of the teams excluding Australia.

For

Batsman

Runs

Against

Venue

Date

England (5)

AC McLaren

109, 50*

Australia

Sydney

December 13, 1897

AJ Lamb

119, 10

West Indies

Bridgetown

April 5, 1990

AJ Strauss

30, 128

Pakistan

Lord's

July 13, 2006

KP Pietersen

100, 13

South Africa

The Oval

August 7, 2008

AN Cook

173, 39

Bangladesh

Chittagong

March 12, 2010

India (4)

VS Hazare

164*

England

Delhi

November 2, 1951

SM Gavaskar

116, 35*

New Zealand

Auckland

January 24, 1976

DB Vengsarkar

10, 102

West Indies

Delhi

November 25, 1987

V Kohli

115, 141

Australia

Adelaide

December 9, 2014

New Zealand (4)

GO Rabone

107, 68

South Africa

Durban

December 11, 1953

GT Dowling

239, 5

India

Christchurch

February 22, 1968

BE Congdon

126, 61*

West Indies

Bridgetown

March 23, 1972

JJ Crowe

120*, 16

Sri Lanka

Colombo (CCC)

April 16, 1987

South Africa (2)

HW Taylor

109, 8

England

Durban

December 13, 1913

DJ McGlew

104*, 48

England

Manchester

July 7, 1955

West Indies (3)

JB Stollmeyer

10, 104

Australia

Sydney

January 25, 1952

CH Lloyd

30, 163

India

Bangalore

November 22, 1974

S Chanderpaul

203*

South Africa

Georgetown

March 31, 2005

Zimbabwe (2)

DL Houghton

121, 41*

India

Harare

October 18, 1992

BRM Taylor

71, 105*

Bangladesh

Harare

August 4, 2011


Century on ODI captaincy debut

Like in Tests, Steven Smith scored runs in ODIs as well. Before the Triangular series against India and England, Smith had scored two centuries and three half-centuries in seven ODIs of the series against Pakistan and South Africa.

As George Bailey was unfit for the ODI against England at Hobart, Steven Smith was given the task of leading the side. And he grabbed it well by scoring a century in this as well. He had already scored a century in his first test as captain and now did the same in his first ODI as captain.

Steven Smith became the first player ever to score centuries in first Test and ODI as captain. He emulated Mike Hussey to become the second player from Australia to score century in first ODI as captain.

29 players have scored centuries in their first test as captain but only eight in ODIs. The table lists those eight below

Batsman

Runs

For

Against

Venue

Date

GM Turner

171*

New Zealand

East Africa

Birmingham

07-Jun-75

RB Richardson

106*

West Indies

Pakistan

Sharjah

17-Oct-91

SR Tendulkar

110

India

Sri Lanka

Colombo (RPS)

28-Aug-96

ST Jayasuriya

102

Sri Lanka

Zimbabwe

Colombo (SSC)

26-Jan-98

IH Romaine

101

Bermuda

Canada

Toronto

21-Aug-06

MEK Hussey

109*

Australia

West Indies

Kuala Lumpur

18-Sep-06

GM Hamilton

119

Scotland

Canada

Aberdeen

07-Jul-09

SPD Smith

102*

Australia

England

Hobart

23-Jan-15

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