Steve Smith of Australia raises his bat after reaching 50 runs during the third ODI against Pakistan at the WACA.
Steve Smith of Australia raises his bat after reaching 50 runs during the third ODI against Pakistan at the WACA. RICHARD WAINWRIGHT

Aussie skipper leads by example in win over Pakistan

STEVE Smith made history during the third one-dayer against Pakistan, eclipsing an Australian record shared by Michael Bevan and George Bailey.

The Australian captain brought up his 3000th run in one-day international cricket when he passed 60 at the WACA Ground on Thursday.

No Australian has ever reached the 3000-run mark faster, with Smith taking one fewer innings than Bevan and Bailey, who reached the milestone in 80 innings.

David Warner is the next fastest among Australians, taking 81, with Dean Jones and Geoff Marsh rounding out the top five. Both Jones and Marsh took 82 innings.

Globally, Smith is the 11th fastest man to reach 3000 runs, tied with West Indies great Brian Lara, India's Navjot Sidhu and South Africa's Boeta Dippenaar.

Although Smith has reached the mark far slower than record-holder Hashim Amla (57), he has gotten there faster than both Sachin Tendulkar (93) and Ricky Ponting (87), the format's two greatest run-scorers.

Smith's feat is made all the more remarkable when you consider how far behind the pace he was earlier in his career.

It took him 36 innings to reach the 1000-run mark - 115 batsmen and 21 Australians have reached that particular milestone quicker.

It only took him 19 innings to score his next 1000 runs and by that point he was the 26th quickest in the world and sixth fastest among Australians to 2000 runs.

Twenty-four innings later he possesses the Australian record for the fastest to 3000 ODI runs.

When Smith brought up his ton at the WACA Ground he moved past Aaron Finch and Dean Jones on the Australian ODI century list, and drew level with Michael Clarke at eighth.

Jones batted 161 times in ODI cricket and Clarke 223 times. Smith has only batted 79 times.

Smith is now ahead of some Australia's most iconic players, including Damien Martyn (five), Michael Bevan (six), Mike Hussey (three) and Steve Waugh (three).

On the back of Smith's century, Australia bounced back from its defeat in Melbourne to defeat Pakistan in the third ODI by seven wickets.

Smith finished unbeaten on 108 to guide Australia to a comfortable victory, but the victory was set up by a superb spell by opening bowler Josh Hazlewood, who took 3-33 from his 10 overs.

The victory takes Australia to a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, with the two nations to next meet on Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

News Corp Australia

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