THE MIDDLE ORDER
- STEVE SMITH
The current Australian Test skipper has hit 5 centuries and 4 fifties en route to his 1082 runs in 2015. He averages 49.18 during this period which is a remarkable record anyway, even though it has declined a bit in the latter part of the year. The 2014/15 Border Gavaskar Trophy played down under marked his reincarnation as a Test batsman, where he scored 769 runs at a humungous average of 128.16. Later, he went on to script his maiden Test double century by scoring an effusive 215 in the 2nd Ashes Test at LORD’S; the home of cricket. In a series where majority of his compatriots failed to deliver anything significant, Smith stood out and finished with 508 runs in the 5 match Test series. He is currently ranked No. 1 in the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen, a status he primarily grasped in June earlier this year. A position which has testified to the ascendance of some of the best batsmen to have ever graced the field, Steve Smith has a mountain to climb if he intends to cement his place at No. 3 in the Aussie batting line-up in the near future.