The 36-year-old Australia National Cricket Team opening batsman David Warner looked at his absolute best in his 100th Test match and smashed a sensational double century.
Warner is playing his 100th match in Test cricket against South Africa National Cricket Team in the second match of the three-match series, which is currently underway at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
David Warner’s place in the Test playing XI was under scrutiny after he had registered a string of low scores. However, he proved the doubters wrong by ending his century drought and smashing a remarkable double century on Tuesday, December 27.
“Fairytales come true,” former New Zealand National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batter Ian Smith aptly said on Fox Cricket after Warner reached the three figures mark.
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Former Australia cricketer Kerry O’Keeffe lavished ultimate praise on David Warner for playing disciplined cricket against the strong Proteas pace attack.
“One of the great motivations in sport and in life is to prove people wrong – and it’s driving this boy from Matraville,” O’Keeffe told Fox Cricket.
“At 36 years of age, people are saying ‘twilight time’ – is it? Not in David’s mind it’s not. The last time Warner played as disciplined as this, he got a hundred on a green top against New Zealand in Hobart (in 2011) … He’s wound the clock back.
“His reaction time, his shot selection … the trademark punches through cover off both feet – it’s all been on display. This is a drama where you couldn’t write this script. He looked gone in Brisbane – I know it was a sporting pitch – but the doomsayers were saying ‘he’s gone, he’s in the dimming twilight’. And he’s bounced straight back.”
He showed real intensity at the crease – Michael Hussey on David Warner
Former Australia batter Michael Hussey was also highly impressed with the performance of the veteran opener and he said that Warner batted with positive intent from Day 1 of the Test match.
“The way he played (on Monday) was in stark contrast to how he played in Brisbane,” Hussey told Fox Cricket.
“He really did look tentative, he wasn’t watching the ball right onto the bat … he just did not look like the David Warner we’d become accustomed to.
“But (on Monday), he was a different player. He looked positive from the word go, he was aggressive, he was looking to put some pressure back onto the bowlers, get Australia off to that fast start.
“It was back to the David Warner we’ve been used to seeing for all these years. He showed real intensity at the crease and was watching the ball closely, he was calling loudly and running well between the wickets.”
David Warner became just the second cricketer after Joe Root in the history of Test cricket to register a double century in the 100th Test match. He got retired hurt and his innings ended at 200* runs off 254 balls, including 16 fours and 2 sixes.