The veteran Australian batsman, Steve Smith, has achieved a new feat amidst the ongoing bilateral series between Australia and England. He became the fastest player to reach 14,000 runs for Australia, reaching the feat in the second ODI of the series. The player has now over 14,000 runs across all three formats.
Steve Smith surpassed elite Australian cricketers during the second one-day international (ODI) between England and Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground. Smith joined the elite list when he was at 29 and now has 14,065 runs from 288 matches across all three formats.
Steve Smith has 40 centuries and 69 half-centuries at a strike rate of 65.44 across formats. The New South Wales player is second to Don Bradman with an average of 60.01 (A minimum of 5000 runs were considered).
Australia won the toss and batted first in the second ODI at Sydney Cricket Ground. Australia were struggling at 43/2 after nine overs when Steve Smith walked into bat. He went on to score 94 from 114 deliveries before getting dismissed by Adil Rashid.
With this innings, the 33-year-old also surpassed David Boon to become the ninth-highest run-getter for Australia. The player joins the decorated list of Australian elite players like Ricky Ponting (27,368 runs), Steve Waugh (18,496 runs), Allan Border (17,698 runs), Michael Clarke (17,112 runs), David Warner (16,612 runs), Mark Waugh (16,529 runs), Adam Gilchrist (15,437 runs) and Matthew Hayden (15,064 runs).
In the second One-Day International, Australia scored 280 runs for the loss of eight wickets in their 50 overs. While chasing a challenging 281, England failed to get the right start and struggled throughout the innings. Australia bundled out England for 208, registering a 72-run victory.
The third One-Day International (ODI) will be played on 22nd November at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia have already claimed the series 2-0 against the new 20-20 World Champions.