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Australia's Steve Smith and England's Joe Root currently hold the record for the most hundreds in Test cricket among the ‘Fab Four’ with 28 tons each.

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 28 Test tons in just 87 matches, Root has notched the same number of centuries in 121 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.

Root has been in red hot form in Test cricket since 2021, amassing 2,635 runs and five half-tons besides his 11 Test centuries. No other member of the famed ‘Fab Four’ club has been able to match the Englishman’s form in the period.

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 8,074 runs in 102 innings. But since 2021, the 33-year-old has struggled with the bat as he has only hit 756 runs in 15 outings.

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. Smith has aggregated 389 runs in six innings since 2021.

However, what makes Steve Smith stand out among the other 'Fab Four' batters is his batting average. The former Australia captain has 8,161 runs in 87 Tests at an average of 60.45, making him the most consistent batter among the rest.

Lastly, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has hit 24 hundreds in Test cricket. One of the most composed hitters of the ball, Williamson has hit 491 runs in x innings since 2021.

Fab Four in Test cricket: Most hundreds 

Player

Runs

Hundreds

Career span

Steve Smith

8,161

28

2010-2022

Joe Root

10,458

28

2012-2022

Virat Kohli

8,074

27

2011-2022

Kane Williamson

7,368

24

2010-2022

Author: William Paul

Featured photo: ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP

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