Happy Birthday Steven Smith: A look at his 5 top records in international cricket
Steve Smith is a former Australian skipper and is rated as one of the top batsmen in international cricket, alongside Virat Kohli, Joe Root and Kane Williamson. He turned 32 on Wednesday. In the same light, we present his top records in international cricket.
When it comes to one of the most prolific Australian modern-day batsmen, Steven Smith is one name that comes to everyone's mind alongside David Warner. The former Australian skipper is rated as one of the members of the four horsemen in modern-day cricket, alongside Virat Kohli, Joe Root and Kane Williamson.
Be it any format; Smith never fails to impress in either, including the domestic circuit. As he celebrates his 32nd birthday on Wednesday, we take a look at his top five records from the international platform.
Fastest to 10k
Smith has already scored more than 10,000 runs in international cricket. However, the unique thing about it is that he is the fastest Australian to do so, having done it in 232 innings. Overall, he is the sixth-fastest in world cricket to do so.
First to score successive 50-plus
Smith loves playing against Australia's fierce rival England in the longes format. In 2019, he became the first to score ten consecutive half-centuries and 50-plus against the side in the format. It was also the first against any side in the history of Tests.
ICC Test Player of the Year
Smith's prolific run in the longest format earned him recognition from the International Cricket Council, as he won the ICC Test Player of the year award on a couple of occasions. Notably, he remains the only batsman to have won the same on multiple occasions.
Most 50-plus in ICC World Cup
Smith also has a knack for delivering every time he features in the ICC World Cup, scoring 50-plus in most matches, especially in the knockout stages. In the same light, he also holds the record of having scored the most 50-plus in the knockouts (4), while he jointly holds the record along with legendary Indian Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar.
Fastest to 7k Test runs
Smith also loves to score in Test cricket, having achieved more than 7,500 runs in 77 matches. Meanwhile, he holds the record of having scored the fastest 7,000 runs in the format, in 126 innings, going past Wally Hammond's record of 131 innings.
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