David Warner captured the imaginations of every cricket lover, as the dashing opener struck a magnificent triple hundred the second Test of the two-match series against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval. Warner’s wonderful 335* is now the second-highest score by an Australian in Test cricket after Matthew Hayden’s 380, which he had scored against Zimbabwe in 2003.
Meanwhile, Warner himself had doubted whether he could make a triple ton in Tests, given that ICC had shared his old tweet in which he told a fan that he had no patience to bat that long, even in the longest format of the game. However, Pakistan bore the brunt of his wrath as he hit 39 fours and 1 six during his 418-ball marathon innings, which lasted two days.
Stuart Broad was amazed that Australia declared with David Warner in sight of world record
David Warner went past Sir Don Bradman and former Australia captain Mark Taylor’s record score of 334 (unbeaten in case of Taylor). This was the first triple hundred at Adelaide Oval, beating Bradman’s score of 299* and first since Karun Nair’s 303* against England. It was the second score of 300 plus in a day-night score after Azhar Ali’s 302 against West Indies in 2016, while Warner scored his second straight hundred after his 154 in the Brisbane Test match.
Meanwhile, England pace Stuart Broad was highly surprised by Australia declaring with Warner at 335. He felt that the left-hander was in good form and had enough gas in the tank to go on and break Brian Lara’s world record of 400, which had come against England in 2004. He had commented “World Record was looking in danger” on an ICC post that said Australia declare on 589/3.
The New South Wales’ batsman’s 335* is now the 10th highest score in Test cricket history and was his second score of over 250 as an opener. Meanwhile, Pakistan replied well making 302 in their first innings, where they were 96/6 at the end of day two. Babar Azam made a brilliant 97, but the surprise package turned out to be Yasir Shah, who slammed his maiden Test and FC century and ended up making 113 runs and reduced Australia’s lead to 287 runs.
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