Last Update on: December 27th, 2022 at 12:27 pm
David Warner became the second player to accomplish the milestone in his 100th Test match when he made a double century on Day 2 of the second Test between Australia and South Africa.
Most notably, Warner made history by becoming the first Test player to make at least three hundred at each of Australia’s five most crucial stadiums: the MCG, SCG, Gabba, WACA/Optus Stadium, and Adelaide Oval.
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Warner defied the critics with a memorable performance, reaching three figures in his 100th Test match, despite a three-year streak without a century in Test cricket.
In just 144 balls, Warner reached the three-figure mark by pulling a Kagiso Rabada pitch down to fine leg for a boundary.
Warner struggled with cramps in the sweltering heat as he played on, but he eventually brought up a double century with a boundary down to the third man. Warner eventually had to quit hurt due to the heat, but not before receiving a standing ovation from his teammates, spectators, and family.
David Warner became the 10th player to make a century in their 100th Test match:
In their 100th Test match, the opener joined Ricky Ponting as the second Australian to score a century, becoming the tenth player to do so. After only 254 deliveries, he joined Joe Root as the only player in the historic game to score a double century.
A double century for David Warner!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 27, 2022
Warner surpassed Mark Waugh as Australia’s seventh-most prolific run-scorer in the format early on day two after accumulating 8000 Test runs at an average of over 46. The 36-year-old left-hander joins Pakistan great Inzamam-ul-Haq on the list of hitters with more Test centuries than Australia’s 25.
David Warner has retired hurt on exactly 200 after suffering cramps:
A 239-point partnership with Steve Smith ended when the right-hander miscued a glide behind point straight into the hands of Marco Jansen, and Warner, suffering from heat exhaustion and injury, opted for an aggressive approach.
David Warner collapsed to the ground after reaching the double hundred, and his body, having been pushed to the test of both mental and physical demands, gave out on him. After retiring hurt, he was assisted off the field by a number of Australian support workers, with Cameron Green striding out to replace him.
Australia now enjoys a solid first-innings lead in the second Test match of the series, building on a good first day with the ball. Australia looks on the road to claiming both the dozen World Test Championship points and an unbeatable 2-0 lead.