Test hundreds in England: Smith catches up with Steve Waugh

Highest partnerships for Australia against India in Test cricket
June 08, 2023

9 Test hundreds for Steven Smith against India - the joint most by any batter against India, along with Joe Root.

7 Test centuries for Smith in England, the joint-second most for a visiting batter along with Steve Waugh and behind only Don Bradman (11).

31 Smith's tally of Test tons, the third most for Australia, behind Ricky Ponting (41) and Steve Waugh (32). Smith took 170 innings to score his 31st century, the second quickest after Sachin Tendulkar (165).

69% Travis Head's control percentage during his century against India, according to Cricday, while Smith had 89.5%. Head's control percentage is the lowest for a Test century, according to Cricday's ball-by-ball logs, since 2014. The previous lowest was 69.6% for Brendon McCullum during his 79-ball 145 against Australia in 2016.

106 Number of balls Head took to score his hundred - Australia's third fastest in England, behind Victor Trumper's hundred off 95 balls in Manchester and Clem Hill's 105-ball ton in Sheffield, both during the 1902 Ashes.

It is also the third-fastest hundred in Tests at The Oval, behind Gilbert Jessop's 76-ball century against Australia in 1902 and Chris Gayle's off 80 balls against England in 2004.

285 The partnership between Smith and Head is the second highest for Australia when they batted first after losing the toss. The highest is 336 by Bill Lawry and Doug Walters, also for the fourth wicket against West Indies in the 1969 Sydney Test.

285 Partnership runs between Smith and Head, the fourth highest for Australia in Tests against India. Their top three partnerships against India came during the 2011-12 home series, all involving Michael Clarke.

2014 The last time India conceded a partnership higher than the 285-run between Smith and Head, when Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling added 352 runs for the sixth wicket in Wellington.

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