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Ashes 2023: Australia’s Steve Smith becomes second-fastest ever to score 9000 Test runs

Steven Smith, the prominent Australian batsman, achieved another significant milestone by becoming the second-fastest player in the history of Test cricket to reach 9000 runs. The 34-year-old accomplished this feat in 174 innings, just two innings behind Kumar Sangakkara, the former Sri Lankan captain, who achieved the same milestone in 172 innings. Smith, scoring his 32nd century in Test matches, equaled Steve Waugh’s record. He scored 110 runs off 184 balls, including 15 boundaries, contributing to Australia’s total of 416 runs in the first innings.

At the age of 34, Steven Smith achieved his eighth century in Test matches played in England, maintaining an impressive average of 60.27 in 19 games thus far. He has been displaying consistent good form recently and played a crucial role in Australia’s victory against India in the World Test Championship (WTC) final held at The Oval earlier this month.

In the upcoming match, Smith is set to reach another significant milestone as he gears up to play his 100th Test. The momentous occasion will take place when Australia faces England in the third Ashes Test at Headingly, starting from July 6.

Fastest to 9,000 Test runs
  • Kumar Sangakkara: 172 innings
  • Steve Smith: 174 innings
  • Rahul Dravid: 176 innings
  • Brian Lara: 177 innings
  • Ricky Ponting: 177 innings

 

Player Matches Innings Runs Average Best 50s 100s
S Tendulkar (IND) 200 329 15921 53.78 248* 68 51
R Ponting (AUS) 168 287 13378 51.85 257 62 41
J Kallis (SA) 166 280 13289 55.37 224 58 45
R Dravid (IND) 164 286 13288 52.31 270 63 36
A Cook (ENG) 161 291 12472 45.35 294 57 33
K Sangakkara (SL) 134 233 12400 57.40 319 52 38
B Lara (WI) 131 232 11953 52.88 400* 48 34
S Chanderpaul (WI) 164 280 11867 51.37 203* 66 30

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