On the day one of the second Ashes Test 2023, the veteran Australian batter Steve Smith has grossed two huge milestones of his cricket career. After the game of Day one, Smith remained unbeaten on 85 and Australia had a score of 339 runs for five wickets in 83 overs.
Steve Smith completed 15000 runs in his international career and he has joined the list of the fastest batters to get 15000 runs in Test Cricket. Smith has now 15001 runs in his international career.
Breaking down his runs across different formats, the batter has 4939 runs in his ODI career at an average of 44.5. In T20Is he has gathered 1008 runs at an average of 25.2. In the longest format of the game the batter has 9054 runs.
Overall, he is the 41st batter in World Cricket history to reach the milestone of 15000 runs. He is also the 9th Australian batter to get 15000 international runs after Ricky Ponting(27,368), Steve Waugh (18,496), Allan Border (17,698), David Warner (17,237), Michael Clarke (17,112), Mark Waugh (16,529), Adam Gilchrist (15,437), and Matthew Hayden (15,064).
By just scoring his 31st runs of this first innings, Smith has now completed his 9000 runs in Test Cricket. He has become the second fastest batter in Test Cricket history to complete the 9000 runs. He achieved this feat in 174 innings. Former legendary wicket-keeper of Sri Lanka, Kumar Sangakkara has achieved this milestone in just 172 innings.
The third batter in this list is former Indian superstar batter Rahul Dravid who got these 9000 runs in 176 runs while Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting, both the batter achieved this milestone in 177 innings.