Graeme Smith reaches 9,000 runs in Test cricket

Graeme Smith struck his 27th Test century against pakistan in the second Test at Dubai © AFP

Oct 25, 2013

South Africa skipper Graeme Smith on Thursday went past the 9,000-run mark in Test cricket as he reached his double century against Pakistan at Dubai on the second day of the second Test of the three match-series in the United Arab Emirates.

After bowling out Pakistan for 99 on the first day, Smith, in company of AB de Villiers took the attack on the opposition to take an imposing lead.

Smith came into the match at the back of 8,800 runs from 111 matches at an average of 48.35, including 26 tons and 37 half-centuries. Ever since making his Test debut in March 2002. Smith has gone to the become South Africa’s second-highest run-getter after Jacques Kallis.

Here is the list of the highest run-getters in Tests for South Africa:

Player Matches Runs Average
Jacques Kallis 163 13,057 55.32
Graeme Smith 112 9,000 49.95
Gary Kirsten 101 7,289 45.27
AB de Villiers 87 6,617 51.68
Herschelle Gibbs 90 6,167 41.95

*updated at the time when Graeme Smith reached his 200-run mark against Pakistan on Day Two of the second Test match at Dubai on October 24, 2013