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Steve Smith becomes second fastest batsman to reach 6000 runs in Test cricket

Another day and another milestone reached by the Australian skipper as he becomes the second fastest to score 6000 runs in 111 innings, the first occupied by Don Bradman.

Written by: Brett Ellis, New Delhi [ Updated: January 05, 2018 13:18 IST ]
Image Source : AP Steve Smith plays a shot during the match.

The Australian skipper has picked the perfect platform to make a name in the big games and the Ashes series has displayed a venomous and lethal Steve Smith on the turf with his bat. Another day and another milestone reached by the Australian skipper as he becomes the second fastest to score 6000 runs in 111 innings. The first spot is occupied by the don himself, Sir Don Bradman with an unimaginable 68 innings. 

To believe that Smith had started his career as a leg-spinner shows how much the 28-year old has developed as a cricketer. Smith achieved this feat on the second day of the fifth Test at Sydney. Australia clinched and regained the Ashes series after winning the third Test match at Perth. The fourth Test was drawn which showed a resilient Joe Root side which managed to save grace but now the fifth Test is all about pride. 

Smith has led his side to victory in the heated five-match rubber and will now concentrate on the limited overs format following the successful Test series. Occupying the top spot in the Test rankings by a huge margin between him and Indian skipper Virat Kohli, Smith has established and segmented his name in Test cricket.  He made a double-century in the third Test and a career best of 239 which was enough to seal the deal at Perth. Smith along side Mitchell Marsh's maiden ton had torn the England attacking unit apart. He has made 648 runs in seven innings from five Test matches with three tons and a half century as well.

If not the bat in the hand, Smith lets nothing slip by him, even on the field. Earlier on Smith caught a jaw-dropping catch in the slip positions to dismiss Dawid Malan for 62. Is there anything that the Australian skipper can't do? Take a look at the catch by Smith. 

The Englishmen have been humiliated in the series so far and will look to somehow win the Sydney Test. Root was close to making a century till he was caught out by Shaun Marsh at 83.

England were all-out for 346 on day two of the fifth Test as Pat Cummins did his bit with 4/80 and Josh Hazlewood's 2/65 saw the visitors off with a decent score projected on the scoreboard. Warner managed to make his half-century before being dismissed by James Anderson. Opener Cameron Bancroft faced seven balls and a speedy delivery saw the batsman walk back early to the pavilion for a duck from Broad's delivery. 

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