ASHES 2019: Steve Smith can break 43-year-old record in Oval Test
Ashes 2019, England vs Australia 5th Test: Steve Smith has made a habit of breaking records in Test cricket. In the fifth Test of the Ashes at the Oval, Steve Smith will have the opportunity to add another breakthrough to his illustrious career. In the fifth Test, Smith will have a chance to break a 43-year-old unique record. Smith is 159 runs away from the highest run-scorer in a 4-match series. Vivian Richards of the West Indies tops the list, scoring 829 runs against England in 1976.
In this series of five matches, Vivian Richards did not play in a match due to illness. This is followed by former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar, who scored 774 runs in 1970–71 against the West Indies. For Smith, this Ashes has been a fairytale. He has scored 671 runs. It also includes a double century. His average is 134.20.
At Old Tafford, he scored 211 in the first innings and 82 runs in the second innings. Smith is the highest run-scorer in three Tests. He is behind former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yusuf, Virat Kohli and former England captain Graham Gooch and West Indies’ Brian Lara.
- Graham Gooch 1990, 752 runs against India
- Brian Lara. 688 runs in 2001-02 against Sri Lanka.
- Steve Smith 671 runs against England in 2019
- Mohammad Yusuf 665 runs in 2006-7 against West Indies
- Virat Kohli scored 610 against Sri Lanka in 2017-18
In the current Ashes series, Smith has scored 937 runs in the ICC rankings by scoring superb runs. Now he is 34 points ahead of Virat Kohli. With this, Smith will also have a chance to complete his 7000 runs in Test matches in this match.