Batsman Steve Smith on Saturday (Nov 30) became the fastest man to score 7,000 Test runs, shattering a record that had stood since 1946, while moving past legendary former batsman Donald Bradman to become Australia’s 11th highest scorer.
The 30-year-old took a single off fast-bowler Muhammad Musa during the second Test against Pakistan in Adelaide to reach the milestone and take possession of a record held for 73 years by English great Wally Hammond
Hammond reached the mark in 131 innings, while Smith, who played his first Test nine years ago, made the grade in his 126th. India’s legendary former batsman Virender Sehwag is the third fastest in 134 innings. “The fastest to 7K – you’re a star Steve Smith!,” tweeted Cricket Australia.
Smith also passed the legendary Bradman’s 6,996 Test runs. It took Smith 70 Tests to do so, while Bradman needed only 52. Smith still has 10 other Australian players above him in total Test runs scored. Greg Chappell (7,110) is his next target, but he has a mountain to climb to reach Ricky Ponting, who amassed 13,378 runs in his 168 Tests.
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