He broke a 73-year-old record to continue a stellar 2019 in Tests

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Steve Smith became the fastest man to reach 7000 runs in Test cricket during his innings of 36 against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval today. The former Australia skipper took just 126 innings to get to the landmark, beating Wally Hammond’s record of 131 innings, which stood for 73 years.

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Naturally, Twitter could not keep calm and the plaudits started flowing in for Steve Smith. Check them out here:

Steve Smith has been having a renaissance of sorts since his comeback to professional cricket after the infamous ban for ball tampering in Cape Town in 2018. After a lean World Cup campaign, he came into his own in the Ashes- scoring 774 runs in just seven innings.

While he has been in sublime form, Smith has somewhat failed to fire in Australia’s ongoing Test series against Pakistan. In the first Test, he was bowled by Yasir Shah for just four, and in the second Test, could make just 36 before being dismissed by Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Of course, Smith’s colleague and fellow banned team member, David Warner took away all the praises in the day as he scored a superb triple-century, his first in Tests and also went past the great Don Bradman’s record of 334.

Warner ended up with 335* as Tim Paine declared on 589/3, intent on putting a tired Pakistan to bat and hopefully conclude a second innings victory against the visitors.

Feature Image courtesy: AFP / William West