|Full name||Robin Arnold Smith|
|Born||13 September 1963|
Durban, Natal Province, South Africa
|Height||5 ft 11.75 in (1.82 m)|
|Bowling style||Leg break|
|Relations||Chris Smith (brother)|
|Test debut (cap 530)||21 July 1988 v West Indies|
|Last Test||2 January 1996 v South Africa|
|ODI debut (cap 101)||4 September 1988 v Sri Lanka|
|Last ODI||9 May 1996 v Sri Lanka|
|Domestic team information|
|1989||Marylebone Cricket Club|
|5 wickets in innings||–||–||–||–|
|10 wickets in match||–||–||–||–|
|Source: Cricinfo, 5 October 2009|
Robin Arnold Smith (born 13 September 1963) is a South African-born former Hampshire and England cricketer.
Smith was nicknamed Judge or Judgie for his resemblance to a judge when he grew his hair long. Like his older brother Chris, he was unable to play for the country of his birth because of the exclusion of the apartheid regime from international cricket, but because he had English parents he qualified to play for England.
He played for England in eleven home test series and on six overseas tours from 1988 to 1996. Smith was best known for his abilities against fast bowling, with what was regarded as a trademark square-cut that was hit ferociously.
Life and career
Smith was born in Durban, South Africa. In his first test at Headingley in 1988, he shared a century partnership with fellow South African born batsman Allan Lamb. This was one of very few century partnerships for England during the series against the firepower of the West Indies fast bowlers. The following summer, 1989, Smith was the only successful batsman in the Ashes series making two centuries. In his second hundred at Trent Bridge, he arrived with England already three wickets down chasing 600, and played some powerful shots - particularly off Merv Hughes whose bowling figures were, at one point 4-0-38-0.
His highest test score, 175 against the West Indies in Antigua, was made as England replied to Brian Lara's record-breaking innings of 375. Despite his domination of fast, aggressive bowling, Smith suffered from a well-publicised vulnerability to slower bowlers - particularly the leg-spin of Shane Warne.
Smith was one of England's most courageous players. He was targeted by the West Indies at Antigua in 1989-90 for fast short pitched bowling giving him no room for his favourite shots. During that innings, he was hit on the finger (subsequently diagnosed as broken) and hit flush on the jaw by a bouncer from Courtney Walsh - but neither blow forced him to retire hurt.
He scored 167 not out for England against Australia in the 1993 Texaco Trophy at Edgbaston, when Australia won by six wickets. This is the highest score made by an England batsman in an ODI, and was the highest score made by any batsman who finished on the losing side in such a game.
Despite this, when Smith was dropped from the England team it was popularly perceived as premature, particularly given his Test batting average of over 43. Backing this up is the ICC's historical rankings of Test batsmen, which placed Smith as the 77th greatest batsman in history, and 17th greatest Englishman (ahead of others such as Geoff Boycott, Alec Stewart and Mike Atherton).
In 1994, before Smith scored 175 in the fifth and final Test against the West Indies, he was accused by the then England coach Keith Fletcher of 'having too many fingers in too many pies.'
In county cricket, Smith played for Hampshire, captaining them from 1998 to 2002, before retiring from first-class cricket in 2003.
|England Squad 1992 Cricket World Cup|
|England Squad 1996 Cricket World Cup|
1. Atherton (c) •
2. Cork •
3. DeFreitas •
4. Fairbrother •
5. Gough •
6. Hick •
7. Martin •
8. Illingworth •
9. Russell (wk) •
10. NMK Smith •
11. RA Smith •
12. Stewart (wk) •
13. Thorpe •