Steve Smith breaks Ricky Ponting’s record

Rishav Narang / 14 August 2016

The second day of the third and final Test match has finally brought some good news for the Australian cricket and captain Steven smith. With a boundary off Lakshan Sandakan on the very first ball of 23rd over, Steve Smith became the 26th Australian batsman to reach 4,000 Test run mark. Smith who is 27 years and 73 days old has become the youngest Australian cricketer to get to this milestone to beat the record of the former Australian legend Ricky Ponting.

Ponting achieved this mark at the age of 27 years and 338 days. Don Bradman who is in the fourth position in this list took 28 years and 130 days to crack 4000 runs in Test cricket.

Here is the list of youngest Australian cricketers to achieve this record:

Steve Smith – 27 years and 73 days old

Ricky Ponting – 27y, 338d

Neil Harvey – 28y, 12d

Don Bradman – 28y, 130d

Allan Border – 28y, 223d

Overall Smith stands nowhere in this list if we take all the teams into consideration. The great Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar is the youngest player who holds this record as he achieved this milestone at the age of 24 years and 224 days.

Here is list of youngest players to reach this milestone:

Sachin Tendulkar (IND) – 24 years and 224 days old

Alastair Cook (ENG) – 25y, 79d

Kane Williamson (NZ) – 25y, 199d

Joe Root (ENG) – 25y, 227d

Graeme Smith (SA) – 25y, 336d

Along with that smith is also not the fastest to achieve this record as former Australian cricketer Don Bradman played just 48 innings to achieve this record. For Australia Matthew Hayden is second on the list whereas Herbert Sutcliffe, the former England cricketer is overall second fastest to achieve this record.

Fastest Australians to 4,000 Test runs (by innings):

Don Bradman – 48 innings

Matthew Hayden – 77 innings

Steve Smith – 80 innings

Neil Harvey – 80 innings

David Warner – 84 innings

Fastest overall to 4,000 Test runs (by innings)

Don Bradman (AUS) – 48 innings

Herbert Sutcliffe (ENG) – 68 innings

Everton Weekes (WI) – 71 innings

Viv Richards (WI) – 71 innings

Jack Hobbs (ENG) – 75 innings

Currently, the Australian team headed by captain Steve smith is on Sri Lanka voyage where their form has been awful till now as they are trailing by 2-0 in three Test matches series. Smith and Shaun Marsh are fighting it hard in the final Test match so as to avoid another defeat. Also, their number one position is at stake and this match will have an impact on that. The third day will decide the future of this Test match, so Smith and Marsh will have to do wonders on the third day so as to keep their team in the race of winning the match.