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Steven Smith Next Only to Don Bradman & Sunil Gavaskar

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 16, 2017, 5:01 PM IST
Steven Smith Next Only to Don Bradman & Sunil Gavaskar

Australia's captain Steven Smith raises his bat and helmet to celebrate scoring a century during the first day of the Ranchi Test. (AP Photo)

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New Delhi: Australian skipper Steven Smith has added yet another feather on his already illustrious cap. The 27-year-old has become the third fastest to score 5000 runs in the longest format of the game.

On the first day of the Ranchi Test, Smith eclipsed the likes of Jack Hobbs and Garry Sobers to slam 5000 Test runs in just 57 Test matches.

Smith is now only behind the likes of Sir Don Bradman (36 Tests) and Sunil Gavaskar (52 Tests) in this elite list.

Smith — who currently the number one ranked Test batsman — has also become the youngest Australian to reach this milestone.

The Australian captain is just the 11th player to score 5000 Test runs within 100 innings, a feat which even the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting failed to achieve.

First Published: March 16, 2017, 2:46 PM IST
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