After a long wait of 18 years, the mighty Australians finally managed to retain the “Ashes” on English soil and they have only one man to thank for this feat – "Steve Smith".
Smith amassed 293 runs in the 4th Test at Old Trafford and scored the third double hundred of his Test career. He followed it up with a score of 82 in the second innings and single-handedly won the Test match for the Aussies.
The 30-year-old cricketer broke many records during the recently concluded match after which, he was compared to the legendary Don Bradman for his sheer consistency.
Here are Smith’s stunning numbers and records –
3 double hundreds against England. Only Don Bradman (8) and Wally Hammond (4) have scored more double hundreds than Smith in the Ashes history.
After Don Bradman, former Australian captain Steve Smith is the only Aussie cricketer to hit 2 double-hundreds in England. Smith’s last double-century came in 2015 at Lord’s.
With 11 centuries against England, Steven Smith is now 4th on the list of batsmen who have scored most centuries against a single opposition. Don Bradman is on top with 19 centuries against England, India’s Sunil Gavaskar is second with 13 centuries against West Indies while Jack Hobbs takes the third position with 11 centuries against Australia.
The 30-year-old has become the first batsman to score 500+ runs in 3 successive Ashes. He amassed 508 runs in 2015, 687 runs in 2017-18 and has 671 runs in 2019 Ashes, with one match still to be played.
Smith is now the second-fastest to reach 26 Test hundreds. He completed his 26th Test century in 121 innings. The only batsman ahead of him is legendary Don Bradman, who achieved this feat in his 69th inning.
Australian number 4 became the 3rd fastest to claim 100 Test catches. He took the 100th catch in his 67th match. Only Bob Simpson (54 matches) and New Zealand’s Ross Taylor (60 matches) are ahead of him in the list.
With 9 consecutive 50+ scores, Smith now holds the record of most consecutive 50+ scores in Ashes.
Smith now has the highest batting average in away Test wins (minimum 15 innings). Smith averages 108.6 in away wins while Bradman averages 96.8.
He overtook legendary batsmen Sir Vivian Richards and Brian Lara in terms of having highest average against England. Smith averages 64.23 against England while Viv Richards had an average of 62.36 and Lara averaged 62.14 against England.
Smith is the only cricketer to make 2500+ runs in Tests since 2013. He has 2940 runs in 33 innings while England skipper Joe Root is second on the list with 2341 runs 46 innings.
The fifth and final Test match is scheduled to start from September 12 at the Kennington Oval.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar