Tuesday 10 July 2012 

Mike Smith

Mike Smith was a most unselfish cricketer. He scored 27672 first-class runs for the county to place him third on the all-time list while his career average of 43.10 puts him second among those Warwickshire batsmen with any sort of a career.

Yet for much of the time MJK was burdened by the cares of captaincy and the expectation that he would set the example when quick runs were needed.

The unselfishness he showed for his county led to him being England skipper on 25 occasions. Only three defeats and five wins suggest that he put difficulty to beat top of his priorities, but among his players he was one of the most respected of all modern Test skippers.