Ashes: Steve Smith equals Sunil Gavaskar's tally of 774 runs in 4 Tests of a series
Steve Smith missed breaking the overall record for most runs scored in 4 Tests of a series (Reuters Photo)
- Steve Smith amassed 774 runs in the Ashes series at 110.57
- Smith hit 3 hundreds, a double century and 3 fifties in the 4 Tests he played in the series
- Smith joined Sunil Gavaskar as joint-2nd on the list of most runs scored in 4 Tests of a series
Steve Smith's record-breaking run at the Ashes 2019 ended after he was dismissed by Stuart Broad for 23 before England beat Australia in the 5th Test at The Oval by 135 runs to draw the series 2-2. Smith finished with 774 runs from the 4 matches he played in, bagging a slew of records.
Chief amongst them was equalling legendary Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar's tally of 774 runs which he scored in the West Indies (1971) across 4 Tests on debut after sitting out the 1st game of the 5-match series in 1971.
Smith, however, missed breaking the overall record for most runs scored in 4 Tests of a series - currently owned by West Indian great Viv Richards, who made 829 in four Tests for West Indies in England in 1976. Like Smith, Richards had also missed 1 out of 5 matches in that series, albeit due to illness.
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Most Test runs in a 4 match series:
829 - Viv Richards in 1976
774 - Sunil Gavaskar in 1971 (debut!)
774 - Steve Smith in 2019
769 - Steve Smith in 2014/15
752 - Graham Gooch in 1990 (in 3 Tests!)
Smith also became the highest run-scorer in a single Test series in the 21st century. Incidentally, on his way to 774 runs, Smith went past his own record of scoring 769 runs against India during the 2014-15 Border-Gavaskar series.
At the end of the series, Smith was chosen (not surprisingly) Australia's Player of the Series. Here is what he had to say on his incredible summer, which saw him making a comeback to the national team after what was arguably the worst 12 months of his cricket career:
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"It's been an amazing couple of months in England, the cricket's been spectacular, the series has ebbed and flowed, loved every minute and proud to have been able to perform for Australia and bring the urn home.
"The middle of the wicket still played pretty well, and Wade applied himself, batted beautifully today. But England played terrific cricket."