Australia's Steve Smith currently holds the record for the most hundreds in Test cricket among the ‘Fab Four’ with 29 tons.

The Fab Four - short for ‘Fabulous Four’ - is a term coined by cricket pundits, which clubs together the top four Test batters of the modern era - India’s Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Steve Smith and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson.

While 33-year-old Smith has now hit 29 Test tons in just 91 matches, Root has notched 28 in 127 Test matches since making his debut in 2012. Root’s latest century came against India at Edgbaston, where he guided England to a thrilling victory.

Joe Root’s unbeaten 142 was his 11th Test century since 2021, and fifth in 2022.

Meanwhile, Smith equalled Root after he smashed an unbeaten 145-run innings off 272 balls against Sri Lanka in the second Test at Galle International Stadium in July.

The former England captain is also the first batter among the ‘Fab Four’ to breach the 10,000-run mark in Test cricket. He achieved the feat in the first Test against New Zealand at the Lord’s in 2022.

On the other hand, Virat Kohli has scored 27 Test centuries in his red-ball cricket career so far.

Kohli, for starters, reached his 27th Test ton against Bangladesh at Kolkata in 2019. Since then, the former India captain has been unable to reach triple figures in Test cricket for his team.

He is currently the second-most prolific batter among the ‘Fab Four’ with 8,119 runs in 104 matches. 

Australia’s Steve Smith earlier equalled Virat Kohli’s tally for centuries with a 226-ball 131 that helped his team secure a draw against India in Sydney in 2021. 

However, what makes Steve Smith stand out among the other 'Fab Four' batters is his batting average. The former Australia captain has 8,543 runs in 91 Tests at an average of 60.58, making him the most consistent batter among the rest.

Lastly, former New Zealand Test captain Kane Williamson has hit 25 hundreds in the longest format of the game. Morever, he also became the only Kiwis player to hit five double centuries in the format when he achieved the feat against Pakistan in December 2022.

Fab Four in Test cricket: Most hundreds 

Player

Runs

Hundreds

Double hundreds

Career span

Steve Smith

8,543

29

4

2010-2022

Joe Root

10,629

28

5

2012-2022

Virat Kohli

8,119

27

7

2011-2022

Kane Williamson

7,568

25

5

2010-2022

 

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