Steve Smith's struggle continues as opening batter in the Tests

Star Australia batter Steve Smith has not been having best of the times as an opening batter, as his downward slump continued during the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington.

Smith's lean run that started during the start of the new ICC World Test Championship cycle continued.

Opener Steve Smith's record

Ever since opening, Smith has registered scores of 12,11*, 6, 91*,31 and 0, which equals to 151 runs in six innings at an average of 37.75.

In 11 Test under the new WTC cycle, Smith has scored just 718 runs across 22 innings at an average of 37.78, with a just century and four fifties. His best score in 110.

During this period, Steve Smith's strike rate (50.42) and average (57.52) has taken a hit as well.

The 34-year-old batter's peak years was from 2014 to 2019. He scored 6194 runs in just 56 tests and 99 innings at an average of 72.02, with 24 centuries and 23 fifties.

Since January 1, 2020, Steve Smith's test numbers have declined sharply, scoring 2501 runs in 36 tests at an average of 46.31, with six centuries and 13 fifties in 63 innings.

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Steve Smith's average has gone down drastically since the Ashes of 2019, which is arguably the last time he had an all-time great campaign during a big tournament/series.