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Warner creates history with first-session ton

04.01.17 / Test

Cricket - Australia v Pakistan - Third Test cricket match - Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia - 3/1/17 Australia's David Warner celebrates after reaching his century. REUTERS/David Gray TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Australia’s David Warner celebrates after reaching his century. REUTERS/David Gray

David Warner has lit up the Sydney Cricket Ground on the first morning, blasting a 78-ball century against Paksitan.

David Warner has started 2017 with a bang after he smashed an incredible century before lunch on the first day of the final Test against Pakistan at the SCG.

Warner is the first batsman to achieve the feat since Pakistan’s Majid Khan plundered New Zealand in Karachi in October 1976 and is the first ever to score a ton before lunch on any day of a Test match in Australia.

“It feels amazing (to reach the hundred before lunch), I wasn’t aware about the stats (the select group of players to achieve the feat on day one of a Test) – team doctor Peter Brukner told me after I came off.” Warner said.

 

“I only began to think about it (getting the hundred) when I was on about 80 and there were 25 minutes to go before lunch.

“Basically I thought I’d just keep working hard to get us into a great position.

“But with the adrenaline pumping you ride the wave and getting to the hundred was the result.”

Warner wasted no time in putting his stamp on 2017, sending his second, fourth and fifth ball to the boundary to automatically put Australia on the front foot and Pakistan firmly on the back.

The vice-captain dominated the opening partnership, contributing 44 from 28 balls as the first-wicket raced to 51 in the ninth over.

 

Original article by Sam Ferris for cricket.com.au – for full article

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