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SMITH REACHES 6,000 TEST RUNS... AND ONLY ONE MAN HAS GOT THERE FASTER

Australia's captain hit the milestone in his 111th innings

Australia captain Steve Smith has made yet more history after reaching 6,000 Test match runs on Friday.

Smith went to the milestone on 26 during his country's first innings of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney - his 111th knock in all.

Only one man has ever got to the 6,000 mark faster, the great Don Bradman, while Garfield Sobers also took 111 innings.

The previous second-quickest Aussie to the landmark was Ricky Ponting, in 125 innings, while Smith is the youngest of the 15 Australians to make it to 6,000.

England's Wally Hammond (114) is fourth on the list, while Ken Barrington, Kumar Sangakarra and Len Hutton all took 116.

Smith now has 20 innings to get his next 1,000 runs to become the fastest to 7,000.

Steve Smith is the second fastest to 6,000 Test runs

The situation the Baggy Green skipper finds himself in is made all the more remarkable given it took him 23 innings to make his first century for Australia.

Since that moment, at The Oval in 2009, he has hit a further 22, including three in the current Ashes series.

In fact, more than 10 per cent of his career haul has come in the ongoing campaign against England.

At 28, Smith still has plenty of years ahead of him to keep racking up the runs and continue breaking records.

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