Steve Smith has climbed to seventh on the list of Australia’s all-time leading Test run-scorers, overtaking Justin Langer.
Smith enjoyed a promising start to day two of the fourth Ashes Test, reaching 35 not out in the rain-marred morning session.
In doing so, the classy right-hander added another notable milestone to his decorated Test career.
Smith, playing his 81st Test, has 7702 career runs and now sits above national coach Langer (7696) on the list of Australia’s most prolific Test batters.
The achievement is all the more remarkable given the former skipper was first selected as a frontline legspinner.
Smith only started his rise and rise as one of the world’s best batters in 2013, when recalled to Australia’s Test side.
The 32-year-old should soon move above sixth-placed Mark Waugh (8029 runs) on Australia’s run-scoring charts.
“He’s got me,” Waugh said on Fox Cricket.
MOST TEST RUNS FOR AUSTRALIA
*13378 – Ricky Ponting (168 Tests)
*11174 – Allan Border (156 Tests)
*10927 – Steve Waugh (168 Tests)
*8643 – Michael Clarke (115 Tests)
*8625 – Matthew Hayden (103 Tests)
*8029 – Mark Waugh (128 Tests)
*7702 – Steve Smith (playing 81st Test)
*7696 – Justin Langer (105 Tests).