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Smith's affair with the Boxing Day Test

Steven Smith has scored over 1000 Test runs in three successive years ESPNcricinfo Ltd

3 Consecutive years in which Steven Smith has scored 1000 or more runs, beginning from 2014. He completed 1000 for 2016 in the first innings in Melbourne. Only Matthew Hayden has scored 1000-plus runs in more successive years - five, from 2001 to 2005. Apart from Smith, Brain Lara (2003 to 2005), Marcus Trescothick (2003 to 2005) and Kevin Pietersen (2006 to 2008) have also achieved the feat.

3 Centuries for Smith at MCG, in consecutive Tests. He scored 192 against India in 2014 and 130 not out against West Indies last year before notching up another hundred in this year's Boxing Day Test. Only Don Bradman has had a longer streak of centuries at the MCG - seven (matches in which he batted). Herbert Sutcliffe, Bill Lawry, Ian Chappell and Hayden also scored centuries in three consecutive MCG Tests. Smith hasn't scored more than two centuries at any other venue.

17 Centuries for Smith in Tests, in 90 innings. Only Bradman (50), Sunil Gavaskar (81) and Hayden (82) scored their 17th century in fewer innings than Smith. All his 17 centuries have come since 2013, the most by any batsman. David Warner is next on the list with 14 centuries in this period.

5 Australia players to register fifty-plus scores in three or more consecutive Tests from debut. Peter Handscomb is the latest to join the list which is headed by Herbie Collins, who achieved this in his first four Tests. Bill Brown, Frank Iredale and Michael Bevan are the others to do it in their first three Tests. Handscomb scored 54 on debut against South Africa and 105 in his second Test before scoring another 54 in this match.

2 Dismissals in the 90s for Usman Khawaja in his Test career, both coming in this Australian summer - 97. He was out for 97 while chasing at the WACA against South Africa. The last Australian players to get out twice in the 90s in an Australian season were Simon Katich and Shane Watson in 2009-10. This was his third fifty-plus score in three innings at the MCG after having made 144 and 56 in last year's Boxing Day Test against West Indies.

2 Bigger first-innings totals toppled to take a lead at the MCG than Pakistan's 443. The hosts bettered England's 485 in the 1965-66 Ashes and Pakistan's 470 in 1983-84. This is the second Boxing Day Test in three years in which both teams posted 400-plus scores in their first innings after no such instance in the previous 20 years.

5.00 Wahab Riaz's economy in this innings, the worst for any bowler at the MCG delivering 25 or more overs. Among Pakistan bowlers, there have been only four spells with more expensive figures than Wahab's.

2 Captains to score more runs in all international matches in a year than Smith, who currently has made 2320 runs in 50 innings. Ricky Ponting scored 2833 in 2005 and Angelo Mathews 2404 in 2014 top the list. Smith went past Michael Clarke's 2251 in 2012 in this innings.