India v Australia, 3rd Test, Ranchi, 2nd day March 17, 2017

Captain Smith racks up the numbers in India

Stats highlights from Australia's first innings of the Ranchi Test
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Steven Smith's unbeaten 178 is the third highest score for Australia in India © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

178* Steven Smith's score - the third highest by an Australian batsman in India. The top two are Dean Jones's 210 and Matthew Hayden's 201, both in Chennai.

5 Overseas captains with 150-plus scores in India, including Smith. Clive Lloyd made three such scores and Alastair Cook two. Alvin Kallicharran and Inzamam-ul-Haq are the others. The previous highest score by an Australia captain in India was Michael Clarke's 130 in Chennai in 2012-13.

361 Balls faced by Smith - the most he has faced in a Test innings. He had played 361 balls in his 199 in Kingston in 2015 as well. The unbeaten 178 is the fourth highest score of his career.

1-4 Australia's win-loss record after posting 400-plus in the first innings of a Test in India, in eight previous matches. Their only win was in Bangalore in 2004. They have lost four, drawn twice and tied once.

26.71 Ravindra Jadeja's bowling average in the first innings since the start of the England series - the best among India's spinners. R Ashwin averages 39.08 and takes about 23 balls more per wicket.

2 Australian players to score centuries in all three international formats. Glenn Maxwell became the second - after Shane Watson - to achieve this with his 104 in Ranchi.

4 Fifty-plus opening stands for India in this home season, compared to nine such partnerships for the opposition. Australia have had three such partnerships in five innings so far. The 91-run stand between KL Rahul and M Vijay is their second 50-plus partnership in 15 innings.

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

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  • thaksh3346552 on March 18, 2017, 6:38 GMT

    Smith is a big game player in ODI cricket too. A hundred and the Semis and an unbeaten 50 in the Finals at the last world cup. What else do you want? His average is catching up which is still 43.67 (which is still fantastic with a strike rate of 88) due to him hovering in the lower middle order in the early part of his career. Extraordinary talent. T20 is not a gauge for good batsmanship.

  • Sanjay on March 17, 2017, 23:10 GMT

    Australia has produced some of the toughest test cricketers over the last 30 to 40 years. Border and Steve Waugh both with great batting records, who weren't aesthetically nice to watch and who went onto captain. Waugh learnt much of his toughness from Border. In Steve Smith we are a lot of Border and Waugh with the fighting from trenches approach. No doubt he will continue to score runs and help Australia win. Like Border and Waugh Smith has endured tough times and he believes he has to go through pain to gain. That's what makes success more special.

  • Peter on March 17, 2017, 23:10 GMT

    @LAKINGSFAN. As much of a fan of Smith as I am, I am in no doubt that Kholi,ABD, Root & Kane are just as worthy as being called superstars. They are outstanding with talent to burn. they will and some have had their sun shine just as brightly as Smith's does currently. To quote many out there, we are blessed to have such outstanding talent to have in our memory banks to relate to our kids in the future.

  • Prasanna on March 17, 2017, 22:51 GMT

    Just found that 13 out of his 18 tons ( excluding Ranchi ) ended up in a winning cause, with just one loss. 4 other Tests ended in a draw.

  • Peter on March 17, 2017, 22:36 GMT

    @COMMENT123 , Actually just to clear that misnomer about him being a bowler first, after 2 seasons with NSW he was averaging over 50, mainly due to not outs, but he scored plenty of runs as well as having a sub 30 bowling average. He most certainly was not "just a bowler" in fact toured with Australian youth teams (with Phil Hughes) as a batsman. But since he concentrated on his batting only, with plenty of hard work, he has really blossomed. He is actually a great example for young guys without the talent of a Kholi/Kane/Root on how much hard work combined with mental toughness can get you to places where others thought not possible. Always a fan of hard work.

  • Prasanna on March 17, 2017, 19:31 GMT

    For all the exploits, Smith will be a disappointed man if Aus couldn't win this game. Deep inside, he is aware that his misses have already cost Aus a chance to go 2-zip in Bangalore. So he would be desperate to see Aus winning this one. But it looks miles away after day 2.

  • Appireddy on March 17, 2017, 17:57 GMT

    Ugly to watch this guys batting, but a fantastic determination to succeed.

  • Suresh on March 17, 2017, 17:24 GMT

    Smith is the best batter of this era. He scores all over the world and clearly ahead of other so called competitors. Kohli is a good player but nowhere near to Smith in tests.

  • Rajiv on March 17, 2017, 16:07 GMT

    @CRICFAN21909279 : illusion huh. So for you to support that Smith the best test batsmen you show numbers. But if I show the same numbers from Kohli's career it's illusion right. Typical aussie who never gives credit to other batsmen. And Travis Head, you mean the t20 slogger who swings bat blindlym and if it goes to a six Aussies treat him as worlds best. Is that what your definition of worlds best. Does the world know about him or how many matches he played continuosly.

  • Xiong on March 17, 2017, 15:33 GMT

    @PADDA Have you looked at the stats for the last 2-3 years? As in, really looked at them?

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