India v Australia, 3rd Test, Ranchi, 1st day March 16, 2017

Steven Smith - 5000 runs, 19 centuries in 97 innings, 53 matches

Stats on Steven Smith's milestone of 5000 Test runs

Steven Smith reached 5000 runs on the first day of the Ranchi Test © AFP

3 Visiting captains to score two or more centuries in a series in India. Smith is the third to do so, in this series. The first was Clive Lloyd who achieved this on two tours - 1974-75 and 1983-84, two centuries in each. The other was Alastair Cook in 2012-13 with three centuries.

97 Number of innings taken by Steven Smith to complete 5000 Test runs - the joint seventh-fastest and third fastest for Australia after Don Bradman (56 innings) and Matthew Hayden (95). Among the six batsmen quicker than Smith, Hayden is the only one to play in the last 30 years.

Highest average at completion of 5000 runs
Batsman Mat Inns NO Runs Ave
 Don Bradman  36  57  5  5093  97.94
 Wally Hammond  59  97  13  5176  61.61
 Steven Smith  53  97  14  5041  60.73*
 Garry Sobers  56  95  11  5091  60.60
 Jack Hobbs  55  91  7  5047  60.08

*Smith's figures updated till Stumps Day 1. Figures of other players at the end of the match in which they reached 5000 runs

4 Batsmen who had average in excess of 60 when they completed 5000 runs (average at the end of the match) - Bradman (97.94), Wally Hammond (61.61), Garry Sobers (60.60) and Jack Hobbs (60.08). Smith averages 60.73 at the end of the first day. His average will remain above 60 even if he gets out without adding any more runs in this innings.

53 Tests played by Smith to reach the milestone - the third-quickest after Bradman (36) and Sunil Gavaskar (52). Overall, Smith is the 89th player to score 5000 runs or more and the 20th for Australia. His average is second only to Bradman among the 89 players.

19 Centuries for Smith, the fourth-most by a batsman at completion of 5000 runs (end of the match). Bradman scored the most (21) and Hayden and Gavaskar made 20 each. Sachin Tendulkar and Neil Harvey had made 18 tons.

159* The unbroken partnership between Smith and Maxwell - the highest fifth-wicket stand for Australia in India. The stand went past the 145-run effort by Michael Clarke and Matthew Wade in Hyderabad on the 2012-13 tour. This is also the biggest partnership of the series, eclipsing the 118 runs added by Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara in the second Test.

80 Runs by Maxwell in Tests before this match, in six innings, with a highest score of 37. He has doubled his career tally with unbeaten 82 in this innings. This is also his longest innings in international cricket. Maxwell's score is the highest for an Australia No. 6 since Smith's century in Centurion in February 2014.

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @SeerviBharath

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  • rohitc2489999 on March 21, 2017, 19:16 GMT

    What many fail to take into account when talking about Sachin Tendulkar, is that he used to bat a much lower position in his initial years, at(or below) no.6 till late 1992 in tests and till sometime in 1994.

    So, Sachin had to play with tailenders for most part of his initial career. That is obviously reflected from theses stats of the "Firsts" ( to reach 4000 or a 5000 runs with so and so average). But that would be injustice and flawed to compare like that.

    Also, in his peak Sachin scored with an amazing unmatched rate. Consider these periods: 1993-1996: 2021 runs, 59.44 avg., 26 Tests 1997-2002 : 5705 runs , 63.38 avg., 59 Tests 2003-2006: (Tennis elbow, shoulder surgery, back injuries,etc) Avg 44.47 2007-2010: 2857 runs, 58.30 avg., 32 Tests

    Now, that average of 63.38 is enormous for 5705 runs, and to keep scoring with an avg of 58.3 even later in his career is unmatched. Source:

  •   badboycricfan on March 17, 2017, 4:43 GMT

    @PETERPUTER he was talking about Youngs Khan... go check his numbers... those are simply outstanding numbers with huge centuries in all countries of test cricket world and with marvelous avg....

  • Xiong on March 17, 2017, 2:23 GMT

    @Kartikeya1974 Fair point considering how much he relies on his hand-eye coordination. Fortunately he's not quite 28 yet so hopefully with a bit of luck he has at least 4 years left before that starts betraying him. In that case he should be around 100 tests played and have broken all sorts of records. If there's a steep downhill after that I think I could live with that, although it would also be fun to his detractors (who will never leave because of his technique) point fingers and say "I told you so" when he has 10000+ runs on the board at a 55+ avg with 35+ centuries.

  • rob on March 16, 2017, 22:30 GMT

    Not much of a stat man myself but these are impressive numbers. @ KARTIKEYA1974: " It same stance today that helps him score run with become a liability as he gets older. Just watch" .. yes, that could happen, but I'm hoping he'll continue to evolve his technique much like Tendulkar, Steve Waugh, Graeme Gooch , Mike Hussey and countless others did. The body may fade but the mind matures. The best players use that to their advantage and become even better when they hit their 30's. My hope is that Steve is one of those guys.

  • prbowr4785367 on March 16, 2017, 22:10 GMT

    Deathhawk, I'm presuming you are talking about Sachin (although my calculator says 36% not 38, but that's a quibble) and there is no doubt he was a fabulous batsman. However, he took 103 innings to get to 5000 runs in 67 matches At that time he had 38 score greater than 50, with 18 centuries and a highest score of 179 wih an average of 53. So he took more matches to get there than Smith, his high scores were about the same, but we don't know how many Steve will get in his next 6 innings - we expect at least 1 more century and possibly a 50 based on what he's done so far. Finally Smith averages 60, Tendulkar then 53, and similar career wise. Al we can say is that at this stage in his career, Steve is better than Sachin. Whether that holds true in the future is neither for you or me to guess. Same goes for Virat - at an almost identical stage as Steve, he is still 500 runs less, with less 50+ scores. The only comparisons we can make is now. Both current captains may improve, or not.

  • Indiawalle on March 16, 2017, 17:44 GMT

    MIGHTY_PAK - eat, sleep, drink and dream India.

    Better than Tendulkar- I hope so, that means we all as fans are in for a treat. Go back and see how many reached 5,000 before Tendulkar and where they all ultimately ended. We will see. It's pure math, more innings you play and if you score less than your present average then it's drops. It same stance today that helps him score run with become a liability as he gets older. Just watch......Anyway I wish nothing but the best.

    However, my favorite will always be "Tendya" with the squeaky voice - Visa Power .. Go get it!!

  •   Cricinfouser on March 16, 2017, 16:45 GMT

    aus will get al out in 390...and india would score over 400.....lets then watch

  • sagaro1916283 on March 16, 2017, 14:10 GMT

    Indians seem to have taken the whole point of "getting into opponent's skin/rubbing the oz way" thing way too seriously. Pitch didn't helped the bowlers that much though, but still the way Smith and Maxwell have batted was super sensible.

  • Kumarpal Vardhan on March 16, 2017, 14:09 GMT

    Maxwell proved everyone wrong by playing a calm and unusually composed innings

  • haider9329994 on March 16, 2017, 14:05 GMT

    He may become a greater batsman than Tendulkar, assuming he continues to bat like this.

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