In the ongoing third and final Test between South Africa and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja scripted history with both players scoring centuries.
On day 2, Steve Smith and Khawaja stitched a 209-run stand, and both batters completed their centuries. Smith scored 104 (192) and brought up his 30th Test ton. Meanwhile, Khawaja batted on 172 (335) till tea and scored his 3rd consecutive hundred at the venue. With these feats, the duo broke several records, including the ones of Don Bradman, Michael Clarke, and Matthew Hayden.
Smith, who scored his 30th Test ton, went past the tally of legendary batter Don Bradman, who retired with 29 red-ball hundreds. Further, Smith broke Matthew Hayden’s record to become the fastest Australian to score 30 Test centuries.
Earlier, Hayden held the record for the least innings taken by an Australian to score 30 Test centuries, but Smith achieved the same in five fewer innings.
Also, Smith surpassed former Australia captain Michael Clarke to become Australia’s fourth-highest run-getter in Test cricket.
Smith took his run tally to 8647, four more runs than Clarke, who is fifth with 8643 runs.
Meanwhile, Khawaja scored his 13th Test ton and 3rd consecutive at the SCG. Khawaja now has four hundred at this venue and became the joint-second-highest player with the most centuries at SCG, behind Ricky Ponting (6).