Edward Thomas Smith

Edward Thomas Smith

BatRight-handBowlRight-arm medium
Born-National Team Eligibility-
Years of Service1996-2004DebutKent 1996, Cambridge University 1996, Middlesex 2005, England 2003.
Local Club-Shirt Sponsor-

Other Teams

British Universities, Cambridge University, Middlesex, England A and England.

Player Biography

The youngest player to score a century on debut for Cambridge University – 101 against Glamorgan in 1996. Set new record by reaching 50 in his first six first-class matches. Cambridge Blue 1996. Represented England U19 v New Zealand U19 1996. Published book ’Playing Hard Ball (about the comparison of cricket and baseball) in 2001. Scored century in each innings (149/113) v Nottinghamshire at Maidstone 2003. Scored maiden double century (203) v Lancashire at Blackpool 2003, in the process becoming the first batsman to pass 1000 first-class runs for the season. Scored 108 v Essex at Canterbury 2003, becoming only the third batsman after Wally Hardinge and Frank Woolley to record four consecutive first-class centuries for Kent. Made Test debut in the third Test v South Africa at Trent Bridge 2003, scoring 64. Kent Messenger Readers Player of the Year 2003. Denness Award (Kent leading run scorer) 2003. Kent Player of the Year (Cowdrey Award) 2003. Slazenger ’Sheer Instinct’ award for 2003. A regular book reviewer for the Sunday Telegraph.Coming from Tonbridge School and Cambridge University, there was never a doubt about the cricketing credentials of Ed Smith. He fulfilled them when chosen for England to play in the third Test against South Africa in 2003, although his selection was determined by his county form rather than because of his background. He had just scored six centuries in as many matches for Kent, including a career-best 203 against Lancashire to become the first batsman to a thousand runs in the season. He marked his Test debut with a composed innings of 64, although he failed to score in the second innings and followed that with an unsuccessful return in the fourth Test at Headingley. He made his Kent debut while at Cambridge in 1996, after marking his first-class debut for the university with an innings of 101 against Glamorgan and following that up with at least a fifty in each of his first six first-class matches. He gained a blue in both 1996 and 1997 but was injured for the 1998 match although he did represent British Universities that year. In 1996 played for England Under 19s against New Zealand. He established himself in the Kent side after leaving Cambridge, with 2003 being the fourth season in which he scored a thousand runs or more, with such consistent run-scoring demanding a place in the England team. A highly articulate man and gifted writer, as befits someone gaining a double first in history, he had his first, much-acclaimed book published in 2001 – `Playing Hardball’ – a study of baseball and cricket.