Steve Smith has never failed to break records and he has achieved another feat to get to 7500 test runs as the quickest ever. The Australian has taken only 139 innings to complete the landmark and hence has broken the record held by the Indian duo of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag of 144 innings. The fewest innings taken to reach 7500 runs list comprises of legends like Garfield Sobers, Kumar Sangakkara and Rahul Dravid who took 147,147 and 148 innings respectively.
He got to the milestone in the ongoing fourth Test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia and he came up with another fifty in the second innings to take Australia to a very good lead setting up a daunting task of 328 to win for the visitors at the Gabba with a day to play. India requires 324 more runs to win with 10 wickets in hand at stumps on day 4.
Steve Smith moves ahead in all time leading run-scorers in Tests for Australia
Steve Smith moves to the eighth position in the all time leading run-scorers for Australia list. He went past former Australian captain Mark Taylor who scored 7525 runs in 104 Tests at an average of 43.49. Steve Smith is the only player in the list to average above 60 in the list with 7540 runs in just 77 tests with an astonishing average of 61.80.
Ricky Ponting tops the chart for the leading run-scorers for Australia with 13,378 runs in 168 tests with 41 centuries at an average of 51.85. Steve Smith is one of the best in the business among the current batsman in the world and if he scores at this average, he is expected to surely end up as the highest run-scorer for Australia in tests. He scored a fine century in the third test to get back to form after a string of low scores in the first two tests.
Mohammad Siraj dismissed Steve Smith after a valiant 55 in the second innings of the ongoing test with excellent delivery and he ended up taking his maiden five-wicket haul. India will have to bat the whole fifth day on a tough Brisbane pitch and a draw could end up in India retaining the Border Gavaskar trophy.