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.
He also overtook Ricky Ponting to become the youngest Australian to reach 7000 runs and is the 11th Australian Test Player to do so.
Youngest Australians to reach 7000 Test runs:
30y180d – Steve Smith
30y215d – Ricky Ponting
31y326d – Michael Clarke
32y139d – Allan Border
33y209d – Steve Waugh
33y354d – Mark Taylor
34y100d – David Boon
Smith began the match needing just 23 runs to reach the landmark, and in doing so he also moved past the 6,996 Test runs scored by Sir Donald Bradman.
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Meanwhile, Australia opener David Warner, who hit the second Test double century of his career, began day two of the day-night second Test in Adelaide on 166 and wasted little time in racing to 200.
Warner and Marnus Labuschagne’s partnership of 294-run stand on Day 1 helped Australia completely dominate Pakistan, pushing the hosts to a commanding 302 for one at stumps. Smith got out after scoring 34 runs. The No.1 Test batsman lost his wicket to Shaheen Afridi playing a reckless shot.