Experienced Australian opener David Warner, who just scored a game-winning double hundred versus South Africa in his 100th Test, said his performance places right there along with his top ones. Warner also said he is determined to participate in the ICC Cricket World Cup in India next year, however, he will leave the team if the management wants to replace him.
The all-around Australia team was led by David Warner, Cameron Green, and Nathan Lyon, who helped their team defeat a defenseless South Africa team by an innings and 182 runs in the second Test of the three-match series on Thursday at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
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I Will Keep Myself Fit, Try And Keep Scoring: David Warner
“Phenomenal achievement from the boys to get the job done. We saw some crazy stuff from Green and Starc, also a fantastic hundred by Carey. 100th Test in front of a packed MCG, what a match it turned out to be. The knock will be right up there for me. I always knew I had it in me to perform on the big stage,” said David Warner in a post-match presentation on his and his team’s performance.
“I’m committed to playing next year’s World Cup (50-over tournament in India), I will keep myself fit, try and keep scoring, but if they do (the team management) tap me on the back and say it’s time, I am ready (to quit),” added the opener on his future.
Australia Defeats South Africa At Home For First Time Since 2005-06
Proteas were bowled out for just 204 runs in their second innings while behind Australia by 386 runs. Only Temba Bavuma (65) and Kyle Verreynne (33) were able to provide any meaningful batting fight. With figures of 3/58, Lyon was the best of the bowlers. While Cummins, Starc, and Smith each claimed one wicket, Boland took two.
This gives Australia a 2-0 series victory. They have not defeated the Proteas at home since the 2005–2006 season.
Australia made their first innings declaration at 575/8. In his 100th Test, opening batsman David Warner shone with a double century, striking 200 in 255 balls. Steve Smith got a refined 85 as well. Alex Carey (111), a wicketkeeper-batsman, got his first Test century, and Travis Head and all-arounder Green both hit 51 runs. Nortje finished with 3/92 while Rabada finished with 2/144. Ngidi and Jansen both claimed a wicket.
Earlier, South Africa, whom Australia had assigned to bat first, was dismissed for 189 runs. Kyle Verreynne, a wicketkeeper-batsman, and Marco Jansen, a batsman, put up a 112-run partnership to steady the Proteas’ innings after they were behind at 67/5.
The best bowler for the Australians was all-arounder Cameron Green, who finished with a 5/27. It’s his first five-wicket haul in a Test match. Whereas Scott Boland and Nathan Lyon each grabbed one wicket, Mitchell Starc claimed two wickets.