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Ton-up Smith equals Bradman, Kallis

Australian cricket captain Steve Smith on Wednesday equalled the legendary Sir Donald Bradman and South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis’ record of scoring four consecutive hundreds in a Test series with his knock of 117 against India on Wednesday. Smith, playing his debut series as captain, has been in imperious form in the rubber and has taken his overall tally to eight tons 26 matches.

With his 117 on the second day of the fourth Test against India, Smith joined Bradman and Kallis as only the third batsman to achieve the rare feat. His other centuries came in Adelaide (unbeaten 162), Brisbane (133) and Melbourne (192). Bradman fetched his hundreds against South Africa in 1931-32, while Kallis’ accomplished the feat against the West Indies in 2003-04. Smith has piled up 698 runs in the series so far, averaging an awe-inspiring 139.6. The sublime form has made him third, after Bradman (715) and Ricky Ponting (706), in the list of batsmen with most runs in a series against India.

‘It’s been special summer for me’
The success against India this summer has been outstanding from a team and individual point of view, said Australian skipper Steve Smith on Wednesday. “It’s been a pretty special summer for me personally obviously with some of the results that I have got. I always look at the team first and I think that the success the team over the last little bit has had has been outstanding and we are in another good position in this Test match. It was another special moment, to get a hundred at the SCG, home ground for me and my favourite place to play,” said Smith. 
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