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Steve Smith becomes fastest player to 7000 runs in Tests, breaks 73-year-old record

Steve Smith becomes fastest player to 7000 runs in Tests, breaks 73-year-old record

Australian batsman and former captain Steve Smith broke a record held for more than 70 years as he became the fastest to score 7000 Test runs on Day 2 of the second Test against Pakistan. He also became the youngest Australian to reach the milestone on Saturday. Smith, who made his Test debut nine years, became the fastest to 7000 runs in just 70 matches, slamming 26 centuries, 27 fifties at an average of 64.22 on his way. Smith crossed the milestone in his 126th Test inning overtaking England’s Wally Hammond’s previous best of 131 innings, a record he made in August 1946 against India at the Oval, London.

Fewest innings to reach 7000 Test runs:
126 – Steve Smith
131 – Wally Hammond
134 – Virender Sehwag
136 – Sachin Tendulkar
138 – Virat Kohli
138 – Garry Sobers
138 – Kumar Sangakkara

He also overtook Ricky Ponting to become the youngest Australian to reach 7000 runs and is the 11th Australian Test Player to do so. Read More...

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