Australia successfully completed their annihilation of Pakistan in the recently concluded Test series where they notched up back-to-back victories by an innings. Coming into the home series, question marks galored around the Australian batting unit. Barring the duo of Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, none of the batsmen- including David Warner- had done enough to warrant a place in the starting eleven.
However, as is always the case, Warner found form as soon as he returned on familiar turfs as the former vice-captain smoked the Pakistani bowlers to the tune of 489 across the two innings, which also included a triple century at the Adelaide Oval.
The left-handed batsman went to register the 10th highest individual score in Test cricket and was also looking prime to even leapfrog the legendary Brian Lara’s world record score of 400 before Tim Paine decided to declare the innings. Paine’s decision caused a huge hue and cry on social media.
Fans debated whether Paine should have given the opener some more time to achieve what would have been a colossal feat. However, Warner feels that he’ll get another opportunity in the future to leapfrog Lara.
The southpaw caught up with Lara on the sidelines of a Golf event and he shared their photo together which he captioned as, “Great to catch up with the legend himself. Maybe one day I will get another chance to Knock 400 off 😂😂. @brianlaraofficial”
David Warner had an Ashes series to forget this summer
Following a forgettable summer in England, David Warner’s spot as an opener had come under scrutiny. The southpaw had an Ashes series to forget as England’s Stuart Broad applied the stranglehold on the champion opener. Warner was dismissed a world record seven times and could only manage 95 runs across the ten innings.
Warner’s sensational heist has put all the questions around his spot to bed and the southpaw will hope he can carry his form to the upcoming three-match Test series against New Zealand, a team which is expected to present a tougher challenge than what Pakistan managed.
Meanwhile, Brian Lara also posted the same picture with a rather witty caption. The former West Indies legend wrote, ” 735 Not Out! @davidwarner31 congrats!! #AustralianOpengolf #AustralianG.C #lefthanders,” in reference to the ir combined scores.
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