David Warner: After three years without a century and a stellar run in a Test cricket tournament, David Warner proved his naysayers wrong with an unforgettable knock as he completed his 100th Test match and reached the three-figure mark. .
David Warner brought up three figures in just 144 balls, pulling Kagiso Rabada’s delivery over fine leg for a boundary, and received a rapturous Melbourne applause.
The opening batsman became the 10th player to score a century in his 100th Test, joining Ricky Ponting as the second Australian to achieve the feat. Ponting is the only player so far to score a double century in his 100th Test.
Warner passed the 8000 Test run mark in the innings, doing so at an average of over 46, also passing Mark Waugh as Australia’s 7th highest run scorer in the format. Just seven batsmen have claimed more than 25 Test centuries for Australia, compared to the 36-year-old left-hander who holds the mark of Pakistan great Inzamam-ul-Haq.
Starting the day on 32*, Warner did well in quick succession, with several boundaries in the opening moments against the acclaimed Proteas attack.
A mix-up from Marnus Labuschagne at the other end cost him, although Warner continued with Steve Smith in Australia’s attack either side of lunch as the hosts moved into a strong position.
Building on a strong first day with the ball, Australia have now taken a first-innings lead, and will be looking to take both the dozen World Test Championship points and an unassailable 2-0 series lead.