Australia's Steven Smith returns to the pavilion after being dismissed during day four of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Sunday Aug. 4, 2019.  (Photo: AP)
Australia's Steven Smith returns to the pavilion after being dismissed during day four of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Sunday Aug. 4, 2019. (Photo: AP)

Steve Smith becomes second-fastest to score 25 Test centuries

  • Steve Smith achieved the feat during the second innings of the first Ashes Test match against England
  • Sir Don Bradman still holds the record with 25 centuries in 68 innings

Australian batsman Steven Smith on Sunday became the second-fastest batsman to register 25 centuries in the Test format.

He achieved the feat during the second innings of the first Ashes Test match against England. Smith recorded his 25th century in 119th innings and went past Indian skipper Virat Kohli who had achieved the feat in 127 innings. With this feat, Smith also became the fifth Australian batsman to register centuries in both innings of Ashes Test.

Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar had achieved the milestone in his 130th Test innings.

However, Don Bradman's record of 25 centuries in 68 innings remains unbeaten.

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan lauded Smith, saying that the right-handed batsman is the best Test match batter he has ever seen.

The Best Test Match Batsman I have seen ... That's during my time playing & watching the game is @stevesmith49..This guy is a genius ... !! #OnOn #Ashes," he tweeted.

In the first innings, Australia managed to score 284 runs, owing to Smith's knock of 144 runs. In response to Australia, England scored 374 runs, gaining a lead of 90 runs.

On Thursday, Smith became the second-fastest to register 24 centuries in the Test format. He had achieved the feat during the first innings of the first Ashes Test.

Smith recorded his 24th century in 118th innings, going past Kohli who had achieved the feat in 123 innings.

In the second innings, Australia lost their openers, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft early, but Smith helped Australia to see-off day three.

While filing this story, Australia had reached the score of 236/4 on day four. Currently, Aussies lead England by 146 runs.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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