In the continuing second Test match between South Africa and Australia, Australia is leading by 371 runs, and David Warner deserves all the praise for his daring double century in the first innings.
Australia declared after scoring 575 for eight in Melbourne in response to the opponent’s first innings score of 189, thanks in large part to Warner’s 200 runs off 255 balls. 16 fours and two sixes also featured in his exciting knock. He did it by becoming the first Australian to score a double century in his 100th Test.
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On Day 2, Warner reached his double digits and celebrated by jumping up and yelling while holding his bat. He had been experiencing cramps for a long period of time by this point, and the jubilation brought on another attack, forcing him to leave the game injured. On Day 3, he did return to the plate, but Anrich Nortje immediately struck out of him.
David Warner Describes His Famous Celebration
A warm reception greeted Warner as he exited after witnessing a low full delivery strike the stumps after bouncing off his pads. After earlier eliminating Travis Head, Nortje missed out on a hat-trick (51). In the hat-trick delivery, he missed to get rid of Pat Cummins.
Warner recently described his famous celebration in an interview with Fox Cricket.
“Well, it is an interesting one. I didn’t really have a celebration but for me I just thought why not jump in the air and do a fist bump. I think it generally runs on when I am running between the wickets, so I do that in the flow instead of stopping and putting my bat up. So I just run through and give the old fist bump. That’s how it came about.”
The More David Warner Started To Get Cramps, The Better He Played: Steve Smith
The opener began to cramp, and Steve Smith told him to continue batting. Smith and Warner had a lengthy stand in the first innings.
“The more he started to cramp the more shots he started to play and everything seemed to be coming out of the middle. It was an amazing knock and nice to be up the other end for a large chunk of it. I was doing my thing and he was doing his. It was just like, ‘Keep batting’. He was like, ‘I’m cramping.’ I was like, ‘Good. Just keep going,” he said.