Smith Overtakes Hayden: Third-Most Test Centuries for Australia

With his 31st Test century, Smith surpassed the legendary Matthew Hayden's tally, solidifying his position among the greatest Australian batsmen. Only Ricky Ponting (45) and Steve Waugh (32) now stand ahead of Smith in terms of century counts. Notably, Smith's achievement extends beyond his nation, as he currently holds the record for the most Test centuries among active players.

His exceptional batting prowess continues to reach new heights as he crossed the monumental milestone of 8,800 Test runs. With an astounding average of over 60, he stands shoulder to shoulder with the legendary Sir Donald Bradman in terms of batting averages. Among batsmen with at least 5,000 Test runs, Smith's average is second only to Bradman's iconic figure of 99.94. A

Smith's Dominance against India and Record in England

Smith's dominance against India was on full display as he registered his ninth Test century against the formidable opponent, equalling the record held by England's Joe Root.

Surpassing the likes of Ricky Ponting, Sir Vivian Richards, and Sir Garfield Sobers, Smith stands atop the list of batters with the most centuries against India.

Moreover, his love affair with English conditions continued, as he claimed his seventh Test century on English soil. The Oval remains a special venue for Smith, as he joined an elite group of batters with the second-most centuries by a visiting player at an England venue.