Warner lights up WACA

January 13, 2012
David Warner

by Yellowmonkey

Perth, Third Test match
Day 1: India 161 all out v Australia 149-0

Australian opening batsman David Warner recorded the fourth fastest century in Test match history on a day where Australia yet again dominated the tourists.

Warner, who originates from the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, was labelled a Twenty20 specialist only a few months ago.  The left-hander reached his second Test match century with a towering six over long-on, having faced just 69 balls.

Warner’s innings was the fastest century recorded by an opening batsman in Tests, and there were many simalarities with Adam Gilchrist’s innings at the WACA in 2006, when he scored a hundred off 57 balls.

Earlier in the day, Michael Clarke won the toss and inserted India on a wicket that was hard underneath, but had a green tinge on top. India struggled to cope with conditions in Western Australia as they were yet again skittled for a much below par total. The tourists were bowled out for 161 inside 61 overs.

Australia went into the match with four quick bowlers, and their decision was justified today. The pick of the bowlers were Ben Hilfenhaus (4-43), and Peter Siddle (3-42), but all of the Australian quick men threatened a brittle looking Indian batting line up.

Virat Kohli made 44 for the visitors but no Indian batsman looked comfortable in the short time they spent at the crease.

It was quite the opposite when Warner (104*) and opening partner Ed Cowan (40*) were batting in the final session. Australia will resume in the morning on 149-0, just 12 runs behind India.

The Scoop 13/01/2012

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