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David Warner joins elite club after scoring a double century in his 100th Test

Australian opener becomes the 10th player who has played Test cricket to hit the landmark, breaking a three-year test century drought

David Warner became the 10th Test player in history to reach 100 in his 100th Test and was the second player to hit two times breaking a nearly three-year gap in the Test century drought. an enthralling inning to beat South Africa at the MCG.

In achieving his 25th century in the Test format and his third 100-plus, He was part of an famous group of players who have achieved the landmark and become two Australian to accomplish the feat, after Ricky Ponting which is also the sole player who has managed to achieve two hundred during his 100th test. Joe Root was the only other player to achieve the double 100 during his 100th test.

Warner was also the second person to score 100 runs in his 100th ODI and 100th Test, following Gordon Greenidge, and became the eighth Australian to complete 8000 Test runs in the duration in his career.

He had promised before the game to be back to his previous self and to take on the challenge against South Africa’s bowlers and he succeeded in making his first century in Test cricket since January, 2020. He also broke the streak of 27 innings without a hundred. He also scored his first fifty-plus score in Test cricket in just 11 innings following his previous 50-plus score in Lahore earlier in the year. This was only his second century for international cricket across every format since January 2020. He also scored his previous hundred in the MCG in an ODI match in the month of November with England.

Warner’s performance was that was in the style of his finest in Test cricket, sweeping the ball away from the opponents after Australia’s bowling squad was able to rip through the opponents on the first day. It wasn’t as dominant as his century that he scored in the last session in Perth on day one of 2012 against India However, he was able to sprint from the beginning on Monday and was 32 in the stumps after less than an hour of bat.

He tackled the short ball that destroyed him in the initial game in Brisbane with aplomb cutting and pulling at the ball at. He had a bit of luck, which was a source of frustration for him in the past by having two edges on the outside and an inside edge catching the rope. He also was hit by a helmet the second day by a sharp blow while trying to draw Anrich Nortje. However, he was busy and adamant when he drove frantically and controlled his feet.

He did lost Marnus Labuschagne to a reckless run-out in a desperate attempt to exert pressure on South Africa with his fanatical sprint between wickets. He also made a profit with three fours that were all-run as his incredible fitness showed in the midst of a scorching afternoon in Melbourne.

Warner battled through a tense period shortly after lunch, and he was able to withstand an amazing spell of more than 150kph thunderbolts from Nortje one of which caused him to be flushed on his left index finger, requiring medical attention by the Australia team physiotherapist.

He capped off his century by making a perfect move off Kagiso Rabada that sparked the usual, long-lasting celebration filled with emotion. The century was made with just the 144th ball.

Warner was not finished He hammered South Africa’s bowlers in every part in the scorching afternoon scorching heat. The temperature was 37 degrees and was accompanied by hot northerly winds. He battled cramps and exhaustion to smash his second century with only 110 balls. He was cramped up while celebrating his century, and was forced to withdraw hurt while a physiotherapist helped to lift him off the floor.

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