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Steve Smith slams 17th Test hundred, crosses 1000-run mark for third straight year

India Today logo India Today 29-12-2016

Steve Smith today slammed his 17th hundred in only his 90th Test innings as Australia maintained their dominance over Pakistan in the rain-marred Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

He became the fourth quickest in terms of innings to score his 17th hundred behind Sir Don Bradman (50), Sunil Gavaskar (81) and Matthew Hayden (82).

Skipper Smith cut Sohail for three runs past point to bring up his century from 168 balls in the 49th Test of his career. Interestingly, this was Smith's third consecutive Boxing Day Test hundred.

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He first achieved the feat against India in 2014 when he hit 192 and 14, then he hammered 134 not out and an unbeaten 70 against West Indies in 2015, and is currently batting on 100 in the ongoing Test.

Smith now has breached the 1,000-run mark for the third successive year in Test cricket, joining the likes of West Indies maestro Brian Lara and former England batsmen Marcus Trescothick and Kevin Pietersen in achieving the feat.

Only, former Australia opener Hayden has scored more than 1,000 runs for five consecutive years.

This was also Smith's 9th century as Australia captain in only his 33rd Test innings, bettering compatriot Michael Clarke's record of 37 innings.

Bradman did it in 24 innings, while Sri Lanka great Mahela Jayawardene scored these many hundreds in 32 innings.

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