Steve Smith on Saturday broke a 73-year-old record by becoming the quickest to score 7,000 Test runs. England great Wally Hammond had set the record in 1946 with Australian Smith surpassing him as he also became the 11th highest scorer in the format from his country, overtaking the legendary Don Bradman.
With a single off Pakistan bowler Muhammad Musa in the ongoing second Test at the Adelaide Oval, Smith set the new benchmark for reaching 7,000 runs in Test cricket in just his 126th innings.
Hammond did that in 131 innings.
India great Virender Sehwag is now the third quickest, taking 134 innings.
|5||Gary Sobers||West Indies||138|
|Kumar Sangakkara||Sri Lanka||138|
Top-five quickest to 7,000 Test runs (in terms of innings taken)
Since returning to Test cricket after serving a year-long ball-tampering ban, the 30-year-old Smith has been in unreal form. The Ashes series in England, that ended 2-all, saw him plunder 774 runs across seven innings. This was after he missed a Test and an innings after being diagnosed with concussion.
Smith could have overtaken Hammond in the first Test in Brisbane but he was dismissed on 4, a rare failure for someone who is now widely considered as the modern day Bradman.
The Australia record for most Test runs is held by Ricky Ponting who scored 13,378 runs during his career.
Next in sight for Smith is another former captain Greg Chappell who scored 7,110 runs.