David Warner is only the 10th player in history to score a century in his 100th Test game.
The Aussie Opener follows Australia’s all-time all-time run scorer Ricky Ponting as the only other Australian to have accomplished the feat. Ponting scored two centuries in the 2006 New Year’s Test in Sydney – also against South Africa.
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Warner’s drought-breaking century comes at the perfect time, just as the 36-year-old has been asked to retire from the game.
He hadn’t scored a century in over two years and was yet to hit 50 this summer.
But the man they call the “Taurus” answered all his critics with a career-saving score on the second day of the Boxing Day Test, the 25th of his illustrious career.
He also brought up his 8,000th Test run during the innings, only the eighth Australian to ever pass the milestone.
After fending off an enemy ban against South African speedster Anrich Nortje, who consistently clocked in at over 150km/h, Warner delivered his century with a hookshot in the fine leg.
It wasn’t nearly the classiest shot of his innings, just throwing his hands on a short ball from Kagiso Rabada, but he had enough racquets to get to the limit to get his hundred.
“Go! Go! Go!” Warner could be heard screaming after sending the ball on its way to the border.
He then partied with colleague Steve Smith before blowing a kiss to wife Candice in the crowd, who has staunchly defended her husband despite his slump in form and battle with Cricket Australia over his historic lifetime ban from leadership for his role in the infamous Sandpapergate.
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“Davey Warner. history written; A hundred in his 100th Test match,” said Channel 7 commentator James Brayshaw, as Warner followed in Ponting’s footsteps to bring up his century in Test match number 100.
“What a moment for him,” said Simon Katich.
“The MCG crowd is on its feet. They love that. Look at the emotion; kisses the bat, waves to the crowd, blows a kiss to Candice and the kids.
“Great moment for Davey Warner. Well done”
“Yes, great scenes,” added Damien Fleming.
“He was under pressure when he came into this friendly. Such a big milestone.
“Very unique to be able to play 100 friendlies, especially opening batting for Australia. And he looked good from ball one.
“It was a tougher effort in that last 50th hostility from Nortje but he came through. Pure enthusiasm and a wonderful career have another highlight.”
Channel 7’s Mel McLaughlin spoke to Candice Warner in the moments after her husband clocked up his hundred.
“Incredibly proud, a sense of relief,” Candice said.
“David had his back against the wall. Everyone says they are too old and should retire. First of all, hitting 8000th test run is a huge milestone, then hitting a test century – hopefully people will take it back a bit now.
“It hasn’t been an easy summer with the racquet, nor has he really gotten much support behind the scenes where it’s needed.
“He is very grateful for his teammates, his coaching staff and his friends and family who are all here today. But it hasn’t been easy and when it comes to captaincy stuff, when we talk about it, it’s dragged on and it shouldn’t have been.
“It will mean a lot. Doing it in front of everyone he cares about most is even more special.
“He said he was going to do it for little David Warner who grew up in the housing authority and nobody thought he could do it. There were so many doubters along the way.”
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