Ian Smith (New Zealand cricketer)

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Ian Smith
Personal information
Full name Ian David Stockley Smith
Born (1957-02-28) 28 February 1957 (age 61)
Nelson, New Zealand
Batting Right-handed
Role Wicket-keeper
Relations Jarrod Smith (son)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 148) 28 November 1980 v Australia
Last Test 10 February 1992 v England
ODI debut (cap 38) 25 November 1980 v Australia
Last ODI 21 March 1992 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
1977/78–1986/87 Central Districts
1987/88–1991/92 Auckland
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 63 98 178 153
Runs scored 1,815 1,055 5,570 1,875
Batting average 25.56 17.29 26.77 17.85
100s/50s 2/6 0/3 6/24 0/5
Top score 173 62* 173 70
Balls bowled 18 0 81 46
Wickets 0 0 2
Bowling average 10.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 2/11
Catches/stumpings 168/8 81/5 417/36 137/12
Source: Cricinfo, 25 March 2017

Ian David Stockley Smith, MBE (born 28 February 1957), is a former cricket player turned sporting commentator. He played as a wicket-keeper for New Zealand throughout the 1980s and part of the 1990s.

International career

Smith has one of the highest ever strike rates as a batsman for One Day Internationals – 99 runs per 100 balls faced. He also holds the record for the highest score in Tests for a batsman coming in at number nine, which is 173 off 136 balls, scored against India at Eden Park in 1990.[1] During the innings, he became joint holder of the record for most runs scored off a six-ball Test over, striking 24 runs off Atul Wassan.


In the 1994 New Year Honours, Smith was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to cricket.[2]

After cricket

Currently Smith works a radio announcer on Radio Live SPORT[3] as a breakfast host and is also a commentator for SKY Sport (in New Zealand, commentating on both rugby union and cricket).

Smith took an active role in presenting the Rugby World Cup on Sky in New Zealand.[when?]

His son Jarrod Smith is a football player who has appeared for the New Zealand national team.


  1. ^ New Zealand v India, 1989/90, 3rd Test. Cricinfo.com (26 February 1990). Retrieved on 2018-05-27.
  2. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 53528, 30 December 1993. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  3. ^ LiveSPORT Sport Radio Station. Radiolivesport.co.nz. Retrieved on 27 May 2018.

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