Steve Smith Test Runs: Over the last few years, Australia’s Steve Smith has performed remarkably well in the longest format of the game. The right-handed batsman has delivered fabulously well in different conditions across the world in Test cricket. Smith has now become the fastest batsman to reach the milestone of 8,000 Test runs having overtaken Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara.
Australia’s Steve Smith is now the fastest cricketer to achieve the landmark of 8000 runs in Test cricket off 151 innings having surpassed Kumar Sangakkara’s previous record of 152 innings. In a total of 85 Test matches, Smith has composed a fabulous tally of 8010 runs at an outstanding average of close to 60 that includes 36 half-centuries and 27 hundreds. Former India batting legend Sachin Tendulkar is placed third on the list to fastest 8000 Test runs as he reached the landmark in 154 innings followed by Sir Garfield Sobers (157 innings) and Rahul Dravid (158 innings).
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|Kumar Sangakkara||152||Sri Lanka|
|Garfield Sobers||157||West Indies|
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The Pakistan vs Australia three-match Test series has been a topsy-curvy battle between two quality teams with the first two matches ending in a high-scoring draws. After winning the toss and opting to bat first in the third and final Test, the visiting Australia side posted a massive total of 391 runs where Usman Khawaja contributed with an excellent knock of 91 runs while the trio of Steve Smith, Cameron Green and Alex Carey also scored fifties each.
In reply, Pakistan got bowled out for 268 runs in the first innings as Aussie skipper Pat Cummins claimed a brilliant five-wicket haul and Mitchell Starc too picked up four wickets. In the second innings, Australia declared at 227 for 3 with Khawaja smashing his second century of the series and the visiting setting a mammoth fourth innings target of 351 runs.
Pakistan were 73 for no loss at stumps on Day 4 trailing by a total of 278 runs with Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique unbeaten at the crease.
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