Steve Smith scored his 31st Tests fifty as he scored 55 off 74 balls as Australia were bowled out for 294 in the second innings. En route to that score, Smith broke a few records and went past a few of the greats of the game including names like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag. Smith became the fastest batsman to score 7500 Test runs.
Steve Smith achieved the feat on Day 4 of the ongoing Gabba Test against India. The Australian batsman took 139 innings to reach the landmark, in the process beating the previous record jointly held by the Indian duo of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. Sir Garfield Sobers and Kumar Sangakkara took 147 innings apiece to reach 7500 Test runs, while another Indian legend – Rahul Dravid – got there in 148 innings.
Steve Smith Fastest to 7500 Test Runs
Fewest Innings to score 7,500 Test runs
139 – STEVE SMITH
144 – Sachin Tendulkar
144 – Virender Sehwag
147 – Garfield Sobers
147 – Kumar Sangakkara
148 – Rahul Dravid
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Smith carried on his good from the third Test at the SCG. With a couple of wickets lost early, the former Australian skipper batted with an aggressive approach and score quick runs. He was given a life during his innings just before he reached his 31st Test fifty. Soon after getting past the fifty-run mark, it was Mohammed Siraj who dropped him eventually dismissed him.
The former Australian skipper is also closing in on Mark Taylor in the list of most runs scored by Australian batsmen in Test cricket. Steve Smith is now at number eight with 7540 runs in 77 Tests at an average of 61.80 with 27 hundreds and 31 fifties. Taylor scored 7525 runs in 104 Tests at an average of 43.49, which included 19 hundreds and 40 half-centuries.
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Steve Smith Among Top 10 Australian Run-Getters In Test Cricket
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Meanwhile, Ricky Ponting leads the run-scorers chart among all Australian batsmen. He ended his career with 13378 runs in 168 Tests at an average of 51.85, including 41 centuries and 62 fifties to his name.
Meanwhile, India need 328 runs to win the final Test at The Gabba. They were 4/0 before rain interrupted the proceedings on the fourth day of the Test match.