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Joe Root vs Steve Smith Test cricket stats and comparison

Australia's Steve Smith and England's Joe Root are two of the greatest batters to have graced Test cricket. Here we take a look at Joe Root vs Steve Smith Test cricket stats and comparison.

Last updated: 05.07.2022
Joe Root vs Steve Smith Test cricket stats and comparison

Australia's Steve Smith and England's Joe Root are two of the greatest batters to have graced Test cricket. Steve Smith is an unorthodox batter, he is often hailed as the best test batsman after Sir Don Bradman. Meanwhile, Root has the competence to become the highest run-scorer in Test cricket. He is currently in the form of his life. Recently Joe root has relinquished the Test captaincy. Both have had stupendous careers since they arrived in red-ball cricket.

Both Smith and Root are among the rare breed of cricketers. The hunger to score runs has made them a living legend in the longest and the purest format of the game.

Stats of Joe Root and Steve Smith

  • Steve Smith

Smith has slammed 8010 runs in 85 Tests. He has a monstrous average of 59.77 in test cricket. At home, he has scored 3901 runs at an average of 62.91. That includes 14 hundred and 16 fifties. In away conditions, he has aggregated 3,835 runs in 38 Tests, averaging a stellar 59.92. He has 13 hundred and 17 fifties in the overseas tests. He has 274 runs from four Tests across neutral venues.

  • Joe Root

Joe Root has scored 5135 runs in test cricket at home. He averages 52.93, he has 15 centuries and 25 fifties at home. He is the highest to score six Test tons against India at home. His away-from-home stats are also staggering, with smashing 11 test tons and 25 fifties he has scored 4593 runs in overseas tests at an average of 45.93. He has hammered four centuries versus the west indies. At a neutral venue, he has 287 runs with three fifties.

Records in Ashes

Smith has smashed 3044 runs across 32 tests in Ashes. He has smacked 11 centuries and as many half-centuries. He stamped his best score (239) in Perth in 2017-18. Root, on the other hand, has stacked up 2,016 runs in 29 matches. He averages a modest 38.76, compared to Smith's 59.68. He has three centuries to go along with 16 fifties.

Performance as a captain in Tests

Root led England in 64 tests out of which he won 27, lost  26 and 11 draws. He amassed a total of 5,295 runs as skipper, averaging 46.45. He hammered 14 tons and 26 fifties. Recently Joe Root relinquished himself from test captaincy. Smith captained Australia across 35 Tests out of which he won 19 tests, lost 10 and 6 were drawn. He aggregated 3,758 runs while averaging a jaw-dropping 69.59. He clocked 15 tons and 14 fifties. After the sandpaper incident, he was suspended as a captain and also as a player due to which he lost his captaincy.

Performance in ICC World Test Championship 2021-23

Joe Root is the first batter to surpass 1,300 Test runs in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle. He has 1,301 runs at 56.56. Root has amassed six tons and four fifties in the ongoing WTC cycle. Smith, on the other hand, has scored 470 runs at 39.16. He has pummel five fifties in eight Tests.

Who is the bigger match-winner in away conditions?

Joe Root has scored 1724 runs in 14 away test wins.  He has a sensational average of 71.83. He has seven hundred and four fifties under his belt. Smith's numbers in the away test are mind-boggling, he is ahead of the root by significant margins. He has scored 2140 runs in 14 away wins. He averages a breathtaking 101.90 with nine hundred and nine fifties. Also interestingly he has 5 test tons in england.

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