Top 5 batsmen with best ‘innings per century’ ratio in international cricket
These five batters are known not just for incredible batting but the excellent consistency that they have showcased throughout the years.
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4. Steve Smith (Australia) – 8.14 innings per century
The greatest thing about Steve Smith is that he started as a spin bowler but surprisingly has become one of Australia’s greatest-ever batters. Smith is the backbone of the Australian lineup. Apart from his fantastic run-scoring ability, he is a brilliant fielder. Furthermore, his part-time bowling often brings about wickets for the Australian team. His technique, maybe a little different to others, has never limited his ability to score centuries. Not many can average 58 in Test cricket after 181 innings.
Steve Smith can look around his competition and know he proudly sits on top with brilliant Test cricket stats. It takes him just 8.14 innings to score a century in all forms of cricket, and this too with having taken some time out of the game. The right-hand batter has 44 centuries from 358 innings with plenty more runs still to come. Smith (32) currently sits in 2nd place behind Ricky Ponting (41) in most centuries scored for Australia in Test cricket.
It will be a matter of time until Smith scores that elusive T20 hundred. Smith’s conversion rate in Test cricket is incredible, with 32 centuries and 39 half-centuries. His appetite for run-scoring is evident and as it was proved in 2019 Ashes, not much can keep him down. Smith enjoys playing against India and England, where he has scored 14 centuries and 13 half-centuries against those countries respectively. For comparison, Rohit Sharma also has 44 international centuries, but this comes after playing 107 more innings than Smith.