SCG Test Day Two: Juggernaut Steve Smith keeps rolling with fourth ton in a row

Statistical highlights of day two of the fourth and final cricket Test between India and Australia at the SCG on Tuesday.

- Murali Vijay registered his third duck in Tests - his first vs Australia.

- Lokesh Rahul's unbeaten 31 is his highest Test score.

- Rohit Sharma registered his second highest score vs Australia, next only to the 43 at Adelaide last month.

- Mohammed Shami (5/112) has recorded his best bowling figures in a Test innings vs Australia. It is his second five-wicket haul in Tests - his best being 5 for 47 vs West Indies at Kolkata in November 2013. He became the first bowler to take five wickets in an innings for India in the current series.

 SCG Test Day Two: Juggernaut Steve Smith keeps rolling with fourth ton in a row

Steven Smith. Getty

- Shami joined Kapil Dev, Karsan Ghavri, Anil Kumble and Shivlal Yadav. They have claimed five wickets in an innings for India in a Test match at SCG.

- Anil Kumble had captured 8 for 141 in 2003-04 - the best bowling feat by an Indian bowler in a Test innings at Sydney.

- Steven Smith's aggregate of 698 (ave.139.60) is the third highest by a batsman in a four-Test series for Australia. Ricky Ponting had scored 706 (ave.100.85) against India in 2003-04 and Doug Walters' 699 (ave.116.50) against West Indies in 1968-69.

- Smith (117) posted his fourth hundred vs India - his eighth in Tests. In consecutive Tests, he has recorded hundreds at Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

- Australia (572 for seven wickets declared) recorded their second highest total vs India at SCG behind the 659 for four wickets declared in January 2012.

- In four Tests in succession, Australia have scored 500 runs in the current rubber - 517 for seven wickets declared at Adelaide, 505 at Brisbane, 530 at Melbourne and 572 for seven wickets declared at Sydney. South Africa had become the first team when they achieved the feat vs West Indies in 2003-04.

- Smith has posted hundreds in five consecutive home Tests - his centuries being 115 vs England at Sydney in January 2014 followed by four vs India - 162 not out at Adelaide; 133 at Brisbane; 192 at Melbourne and 117 at Sydney.

- Smith has become the fifth player to register hundreds in four or more consecutive Tests. He has joined Don Bradman (six between 1937 and 1938, four between 1929 and 1930, four between 1931 and 1932), Neil Harvey (between 1949 and 1950), Jack Fingleton in 1936 and Matthew Hayden between 2001 and 2002 and in 2005.

- Six times in Tests overall and the first time for Australia, the top six players have recorded fifty-plus in the same Test innings. Four times this has happened vs India.

- Seven hundreds by number four batsmen have been registered in a Test series for the first time.

- The 196-run stand between Smith and Watson is the highest for Australia vs India at Sydney, obliterating the 160 between Matthew Hayden and Mike Hussey in January 2008. The partnership is the highest for the third wicket for Australia at SCG.

- Shaun Marsh (73) recorded his third fifty in Tests - his second vs India.

- Marsh's two fifties in Tests in Australia are against India - his highest being 99 at Melbourne in December 2014.

- Joe Burns (58) posted his first fifty in Tests.


Updated Date: Jan 07, 2015 20:49:46 IST