Only Bradman leads Smith in Australia’s average list after latest heroics

Steve Smith’s continued his mastery of the England attack in the fourth Test of the Ashes, passing three figures for 26th time and reaching a third double century against England.

Here, the PA news agency assesses how his average stacks up compared to the rest of his country’s top run-scorers.

1. Sir Donald Bradman – average 99.94 (6996 runs, 52 Tests).

2. Steve Smith – 64.64 (6788, 67)

PA Graphic
PA Graphic

3. Greg Chappell – 53.86 (7110, 87)

4. Ricky Ponting – 51.85 (13,378, 168)

5. Steve Waugh – 51.06 (10,927, 168)

Steve Waugh scored 32 Test hundreds
Steve Waugh scored 32 Test hundreds (David Davies/PA)

6. Matthew Hayden – 50.73 (8625, 103)

7. Allan Border – 50.56 (11,174, 156)

8. Michael Clarke – 49.10 (8643, 115)

9. Justin Langer – 45.27 (7696, 105)

Now Australia's coach, Justin Langer scored 7,696 Test runs
Now Australia’s coach, Justin Langer scored 7,696 Test runs (Ben Curtis/PA)

10. David Boon – 43.65 (7422, 107)

11. Mark Taylor – 43.49 (7525, 104)

12. Mark Waugh – 41.81 (8029, 128)

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