David Warner truly announced his comeback in Tests last week with a stunning triple century against Pakistan in the Adelaide Test. After missing a year of Tests due to the ban, the left-handed batsman made his comeback in the Ashes and managed just 95 runs in ten innings.
However, he did not take long to regain his form as he hit the ground running in the ongoing home season. He started the season by scoring his first-ever T20I century which came against Sri Lanka before taking his form to a different level in the recently-concluded Test series against Pakistan.
He scored 154 at the Gabba before playing the monumental knock of 335 not out in Adelaide. Warner had the chance to score even more but Australia decided to declare the innings. The hosts then went on to win the match by an innings and 48 runs.
Warner’s incredible fitness:
One of the biggest issues that the batsmen face during a big knock is fitness. Over the years, one has seen a lot of batsmen cramping even after crossing the 100-run mark. No surprises then that scoring a triple ton requires incredible level of fitness and David Warner undoubtedly has that level.
According to Cricket Australia, the opening batsman covered almost 21 kilometres during his record-breaking innings of 335 not out. He batted for more than nine hours and 127 overs to etch his name in the history books. The report stated that the fitness levels of Australia’s cricketers are tracked to the nth degree and numbers from Cricket Australia’s High Performance team revealed that Warner covered a total of 20.921 kilometres with bat in hand. The distance covered by Warner is equivalent of a half-marathon.
As per the data , almost 80 per cent of the 21 kilometres Warner covered were at jogging pace. On the other hand, he put himself and his batting partners through 146 efforts that were classified as ‘high-intensity accelerations’, where he sprinted at full speed between the wickets.
Marnus Labuschagne, who scored 162 and added 361 runs with Warner, covered 12.7 kilometres. After the knock, Labuschagne admitted that he was having trouble keeping up with the fitness of his senior teammate.
“I don’t know how he does it,” Labuschagne told cricket.com.au. “(He’s 33) and he’s still got me covered between the wickets.
“He’s superb, he’s shown a great level of fitness to do that in back-to-back games. He’s rapid,” he added.