Australia’s dynamic batsman Steve Smith has now become the fastest cricketer to score 7500 runs in the game’s purest format. The current best Test batsman accomplished the record on Day 4 of the ongoing Brisbane Test against India. Smith was criticized initially because of his poor performance in the first two matches. However, he regained his form and smashed scores of 131 and 81 respectively.
Recently, he scored his 31st Test half-century with a quick 55 in the last match of the series at the Gabba. Earlier in the first innings, Steve Smith was dismissed by Indian debutant Washington Sundar. He scored 36 runs in 77 balls. During his brilliant knock of 55, the world number two batsman also broke a world record. Smith took 139 innings to achieve this milestone. This record was jointly held by the Indian opening pair Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. They reached this run-mark in 144 innings. Sir Garfield Sobers and Kumar Sangakkara took 147 innings each to score 7500 Test runs. Another legendary batsman Rahul Dravid reached the feat in 148 innings.
Steve Smith surpasses Mark Taylor’s record in Australia’s run-scoring charts in Test cricket
After his remarkable knock in the decider-series, Smith also surpassed former Australian captain Mark Taylor in the list of Australia’s leading run-scorers in Test cricket. The Australian batsman is now at number eight with 7540 runs in 77 Tests at an average of 61.80. This also includes 27 centuries and 31 half-centuries. Former skipper Mark Taylor reached 7525 runs in 104 Tests at an average of 43.49. His record had 19 hundreds and 40 fifties altogether.
Ricky Ponting is currently the highest run-scorer for Australia in Tests. The former captain ended his cricketing career with 13378 runs in 168 Tests at an average of 51.85. The veteran also scored 41 hundreds and 62 fifties in the purest format of the game. Steve Smith can surpass Ponting’s record if he continues to play the same way.