In the ongoing first Test match between Australia and West Indies, Kangaroos’ talismanic batsman Steve Smith scripted several milestones as the 33-year-old scored his 29th Test century.
Smith came to bat when Australia were 151/2. The right-hand batter amassed an unbeaten 114 (198) till lunch of Day 2. His innings included ten fours.
With his century, Smith drew level with Sir Don Bradman on 29 Test centuries and is now joint-fourth on the list for Australia.
List of most Test centuries by the Australia batters
Ricky Ponting – 41
Steve Waugh – 32
Matthew Hayden – 30
Don Bradman, Steve Smith – 29
Smith took 155 innings to score his 29th century, the second-fastest Australian and 3rd fastest overall. Don Bradman is the fastest to achieve the feat, as he did the same in 79 innings. Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar is second on the list, who took 148 innings.
Former Australia captain also equalled Indian skipper Rohit Sharma for the most international hundreds among active players. Smith has 41 international centuries.
Most hundreds among active players:
Virat Kohli – 71
Joe Root – 44
David Warner – 44
Steve Smith – 41
Rohit Sharma – 41
Smith stitched a 251-run stand with Marnus Labuschagne, who is in the form of his life. The 28-year-old struck a double hundred and made his way to the pavilion after scoring 204 (350).