Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Steven Smith with four consecutive tons equals Bradman, Kallis

Australian captain Steven Smith on Wednesday equalled the record of legendary Sir Donald Bradman and South African allrounder Jacques Kallis by scoring four consecutive hundreds in a Test series with his knock of 117 against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The 25-year-old, who is playing his debut series as captain, has been in imperious form in the four-match rubber and has taken his overall tally to eight hundreds from 26 matches.

With his 117 on the second day of the fourth Test against India, Smith joined Bradman and Kallis as only the third batsman to achieve the rare feat. His other centuries came in Adelaide (unbeaten 162), Brisbane (133) and Melbourne (192).

Bradman fetched his hundreds against South Africa in 1931-32, while Kallis' accomplished the feat against the West Indies in 2003-04.

Smith has piled up 698 runs in the series so far, averaging 139.6. The form has made him third - after Bradman (715) and Ricky Ponting (706) - in the list of batsmen with most runs in a series against India.

Should Australia bat again in the series, Smith has the chance of going past Bradman's record, which was made in a five-match series. (PTI)

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