David Warner becomes fifth player to hit century on opening session of a TestDavid Warner became the latest to join Victor Trumper, Charles Macartney, Don Bradman and Majid Khan to score a century in the opening session of a Test in the series-concluding match against Pakistan.
David Warner became the latest to join Victor Trumper, Charles Macartney, Don Bradman and Majid Khan to score a century in the opening session of a Test in the series-concluding match against Pakistan.
The last such instance was more than 40 years ago when Pakistan’s Majid did it against New Zealand in Karachi in October 1976. The first three were all before World War II.
Warner joined fellow Australians Trumper (1902 in Manchester), Charlie Macartney (1926 in Leeds) and Bradman (1930 in Leeds) as well as Pakistan's Majid Khan (1976 in Karachi) among the batsmen to have achieved the feat, and is the first to do so in the 140 years of Test cricket in Australia.
The left-handed opener plundered an insipid Pakistan bowling attack and frequently punctured the defensive field placements with powerful strokes in raising his 50 off 42 balls.
Warner increased his rate as the lunch break loomed and completed his remarkable century off 78 balls, including 17 boundaries, with a cut shot for three on the second ball of the last over before the interval. He removed his helmet and did his trademark leap to celebrate the century in front of his home crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
It was his 18th Test hundred and third at the SCG, following centuries against India (101) in 2015 and the West Indies (122 not out) last year.
He and Matt Renshaw shared a 151-run stand, before Warner was dismissed shortly after lunch for 113 off 95 balls when he edged through to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed off Wahab Riaz.
Australia is seeking a series sweep after winning the first two Tests at Brisbane and Melbourne.