Former Australian skipper Steve Smith became the fastest man in cricket history to reach the 7000 Test runs on Day 2 of the pink-ball Test in Adelaide. The Australian right-hander took just 126 innings to reach the landmark on Saturday. He has broken legendary English batsman Wally Hammond's 73-year old record. The Englishman took 131 innings to score 7000 Test runs, a record that had set in the year of 1946.
Smith also surpassed former Australian batsman Don Bradman's total score in the red-ball cricket to become 11th highest run-scorer in Test cricket. Although, the former Australian legend took just 52 Tests to score 6996 runs which Smith managed to overtook in 70 Tests.
The 30-year-old batsman achieved the feat when he picked up a single off Muhammad Musa in the second Test at the Adelaide Oval. Virender Sehwag of India is the third fastest batsman to reach 7000-run mark in Test history. Let's have a look at 6 batsmen who are behind Steve Smith in the list of fastest batsmen to reach 7000 Test runs.
Smith is now set to surpass another legendary Australian batsman Greg Chappell's 7110 runs' record. Now the question is will Smith be able to overtake Australia's leading run-scorer Ricky Ponting's record? Ponting has scored 13378 runs in 168 Test matches at 51.85 including 41 hundred and 62 fifties.