David Warner is the form of his life in the ongoing Test series against Pakistan. He had some horrendous outings in the Ashes a few months ago where he got out to Stuart Broad a plenty of times. But he has been able to make amends versus Azhar Ali and Co. The left-hander started with a ton in the opening Test at The Gabba in Brisbane, helping his side win by an innings and five runs.
He made full use of the reprieve given to him by Naseem Shah, who got Warner caught off a no-ball. The New South Wales batsman has now unfolded mayhem in the opposition camp in the Day-Night Test at the Adelaide Oval. Australia lost Joe Burns early to pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi, but Warner, along with Marnus Labuschagne, restored sanity back into the proceedings for the home team.
David Warner churns out a masterclass in Adelaide
To begin with, Warner and Labuschagne put on 361 for the second wicket and the duo played out the entire first day. Afridi broke the stand in the first session of Day 2, nipping out Labuschagne, who churned out back-to-back centuries to show his class. However, Warner carried on and kept piling on more agony for the Pakistan bowlers. When he was on 226, he got yet another lifeline to a no-ball.
Muhammad Musa found his outside-edge, but to no avail. In the post-Lunch session, Warner got to his triple century with a fierce pull shot off Mohammad Abbas. He became the seventh Australian to get to the landmark. Warner also surpassed Don Bradman’s tally of 299* for the highest individual Test score at the Adelaide Oval. After the ton, he jumped in delight and the crowd lauded the batter.
Gradually, he started to press the accelerator and was outdrawing anyone and everyone, who was stumbling on to his path. Warner was looking good enough to even topple Brian Lara’s 400. But against the run of play, Tim Paine, the Aussie skipper, decided to spring a massive surprise.
When Warner was going great guns on 335, Paine declared the Aussie innings. Australia were motoring along at 589/3 in 127 overs. Twitter was definitely not happy with Paine. The users on social media criticised Paine for declaring at a time when Warner could’ve gotten 400.
Here is how Twitterati lambasted Paine for the decision:-
Well, that answers it. Not surprised https://t.co/0zNpWqzoCn
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 30, 2019
Australia have missed a trick here. Tim Paine should have let David Warner chase Brian Lara's record of 400*.
They would have still time to take 20 wickets. #AUSvPAK
— Israr Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) November 30, 2019
I’d rather see David Warner break Brian Lara’s all time highest individual score in cricket instead of getting an extra hour to try and win a random test match against Pakistan #AUSvPAK #Warner
— Six Again Scorsey (@TheScorsizzler) November 30, 2019
Lara fans #AusAvPAK #Warner #Lara pic.twitter.com/v0tudf3OeP
— KhashhMaKhashh (@KhashhMaKhashh) November 30, 2019
Surprising declaration by Paine, they have got Pakistan on the defensive completely, Warner although tired, should have been given a chance to break Lara's record. Not taking anything away from an epic innings though, take a bow🙌🏻 #AUSvPAK
— Rahil Doshi (@rahildoshi1992) November 30, 2019
I hate you Tim Paine
I wanna see Warner Breaking Lara Record
You ruined it
Why the hell Lara record is still alive
Paine you are fool
— Arman Khan🇮🇳🇲🇨🦂#JardimOut #GlikOut (@ArmanMonaco) November 30, 2019
Pretty piss poor they didn’t let Warner go after Lara’s world record #AUSvPAK
— Adam Davies (@adam_davies2) November 30, 2019
Tim Paine is such a moron. Only god knows why he’s the captain, Guy is a zero in performance. Should’ve let warner bat till he gets out, it’s Day 2 ffs and could’ve asked warner to go ballistic. Could’ve broken Lara’s record but that daft cunt had to declare #AUSvPAK
— Vishal Khandelwal 🐅 (@v1shalK) November 30, 2019
Tim Paine should be stripped of captaincy after this test series. Why would he declare right now, bat until tea then send them in. Would of loved to have seen warner bat more & possibly reach Brian Lara record #AUSvPAK
— Joseph Pangallo (@JosephPangallo9) November 30, 2019
Big decision by Tim Paine to declare with Warner approaching Lara’s world record score of 400. This is most admirable aspect of Aussie cricket: personal milestones secondary to team interest. Warner must rest content at getting past Bradman’s highest score. In itself huge!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 30, 2019
Tim Paine declares, Warner finishes on 335*
Brian Lara – pic.twitter.com/kKRqsg3GD4
— The Funny Cricketer (@dfunnycricketer) November 30, 2019
Brian Lara right now#AUSvPAK #AUSvsPAK #Warner pic.twitter.com/51qBtZd9HG
— pavish rs (@pavishkumar) November 30, 2019
Meanwhile brian lara to Tim paine as paine declared the innings and Warner was unable to break the highest individual score record of Lara #AUSvsPAK pic.twitter.com/JCL4WlJJGW
— Subham (@subhsays) November 30, 2019
Brain Lara …from Warner's 300 to declaration. #AUSvPAK pic.twitter.com/bYR9poeCfG
— Kuptaan 🇮🇳 (@Kuptaan) November 30, 2019
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