Smith in full cry

MOHANDAS MENON

Graeme Smith strode like a colossus at Edgbaston.-Pic. TOM SHAW/GETTY IMAGES

DURING his twin knocks of 277 and 85 (in just 70 balls) in the first Test against England at Edgbaston, South African skipper Graeme Smith had the following distinctions:

**Smith while scoring 277, became only the third batsman after Australian Don Bradman and Indian Vinod Kambli to register two or more double hundreds below the age of 22 years. Bradman, however, has the distinction of scoring four double hundreds before the age of 22 years. Smith was 22 years 175 days.

**On the first day, Smith (at 22 years 173 days) became the youngest captain to score a hundred. Pakistani Javed Miandad was 22 years 273 days when he made an unbeaten 106 as captain against Australia at Faisalabad in 1979-80. India's Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi was the previous youngest captain to score a double hundred, before Smith. Pataudi was 23 years 39 days when he made the unbeaten 203 against England at Delhi in 1963-64.

**Smith becomes the fourth youngest batsman to record a score of 250-plus in Tests after West Indian Gary Sobers, Australian Don Bradman and Englishman Len Hutton. Table A has the details.

<%/COL> Y D Sc For vs Tst Series Venue <%/COL> Runs For vs Series Venue Runs vs Series Venue Runs For vs Series 1st 2nd Venue Runs For vs Series Venue

M. H. Mankad & Pankaj Roy 413 Ind NZ 1955-56 Madras (Corp)

T. W. Jarvis & G. M. Turner 387 NZ WI 1971-72 Georgetown

W. M. Lawry & R. B. Simpson 382 Aus WI 1964-65 Bridgetown

H. H. Gibbs & G. C. Smith 368 SA Pak 2002-03 Cape Town

L. Hutton & C. Washbrook 359 Eng SA 1948-49 Jo'burg (EP)

H. H. Gibbs & G. C. Smith 338 SA Eng 2003 Birmingham

M. S. Atapattu & S. T. Jayasuriya 335 SL Pak 1999-00 Kandy