Former Worcestershire player and current Australian captain Steve Smith scored his third century in three Tests against India this winter in Melbourne earlier today.

Smith, who played T20 cricket for the county in 2010, followed up his 162 not out at Adelaide and 133 at the Gabba with another hundred.

The number four batsman in the Aussie line-up went to the milestone from 191 balls with a fine leg glance to the boundary off Mohammed Shami – his ninth four in addition to a six.

In the process Smith also passed 1,000 runs in Test cricket during 2014.

When he went to three figures, Smith's run tally this year stood at an impressive 1040 from just nine Tests.

In 16 innings, Smith has scored five hundreds and four fifties at an average of 86.67.

He took over the captaincy reins for the second Test after Michael Clarke was ruled out of the remainder of the series with a hamstring injury.

Smith made his Test debut in 2010 against Pakistan at Lord's shortly after finishing his short stint at New Road.