Steven Smith is in bradmansque form as he is raking runs for fun after his return from the ban. He scored his 11th century against the Poms and helped his country retain the Ashes in English soil for the first time in 18 years.
‘Smudge’, as he is known is also within touching distance of Don Bradman’s record of scoring 970 runs in a single series. The New South Wales star is also ranked number one in ICC Test rankings with 937 rating points which is a bit shy of 961 attained by the Don himself, which is the highest ever.
We take a look at five players who have scored the most test centuries against a single opposition:
1. Donald Bradman (19 centuries against England)
The GOAT, mostly played against England who had to bear the brunt of his raging willow. In the 37 matches which he played against them, he accumulated 5028 runs at a massive average of 89.78.
Bradman had 19 centuries and 12 half-centuries to his name with a highest score of 334. In that day and age, with no proper cricketing equipment and safety measures, he was the epitome of batsmanship. His test average of 99.94 is something of a legend and that in itself explains the genius that was Bradman.
2. Sunil Gavaskar (13 centuries against West Indies)
‘Little Master’, as he is fondly known burst onto the international cricketing scene with a tally of 774 runs against the fearsome West Indies attack in his debut series.
The Mumbai batsman was widely admired for his superb technique and tenacious attitude. He took a special liking to the deadly West Indies pace attack of that time and averaged 65.45 against them.
Gavaskar scored 13 tons against the mighty West Indies in his test career. During his career, he set the world record of scoring the most test runs and test centuries. He was the first batsman to cross the 10,000 run barrier.
3. Jack Hobbs (12 centuries against Australia)
Known as “The Master”, Hobbs is widely regarded as one of the greatest to play the game. He holds the record of scoring the most first-class runs (61,760 ) and most first class centuries (199).
In 41 matches against the Kangaroos, he scored 3636 runs at an average of 54.26. The opener also scored 12 centuries against his Ashes opponent.
4. Steven Smith (11 centuries against England)
Smith has come a long way from the lanky leg-spinner who debuted at Lord’s. Later on, he fashioned himself primarily as a batsman and a great one at that.
He scored his debut test century against England in 2013. This gave a glimpse of the things to come as he scored ten more against the English. He has constantly proved to be a nuisance for the Poms. His unusual technique and fidgeting on the crease is a sight to behold.
In the 27 Ashes test which he has played, he averages a mammoth 65.78 while scoring 2697 runs. He has proved to be the difference between the two sides in the 2019 Ashes as well. England have run out of ways to get him out.
5. Sachin Tendulkar (11 centuries against Australia)
Excellent players perform against the very best. This was the case with the Master Blaster as well. Sachin brought his A-game when he faced the Aussies.
In test matches, the Mumbai born batsman has faced Australia 39 times. He averages 55 against them with 11 centuries in total. His 241 against them in the 2003 Sydney test showed the kind of character and mental strength he had.
Sachin has almost all the individual cricketing records to his name. He has played an unbelievable 200 test matches. He also has the most runs and hundreds in Tests as well as One Day Internationals.