Australia opener David Warner put his Ashes 2019 horror tour behind him with his first red-ball ton in nearly two years.
The New South Wales’ batsman registered his 29th first-class ton in the Sheffield Shield opener against Queensland at Brisbane to break a long red-ball century drought extending all the way back to 2017.
The left-hander’s return to the Australia Test squad after serving his suspension for the ball-tampering scandal was a horrendous one with England seamer Stuart Broad dismissing him on as many as seven occasions in the recent Ashes series.
The southpaw could muster just the 95 runs in his 10 innings in the Ashes series while bagging three ducks along the way. While it was a miserable campaign that will long be etched in the memory of cricket fans, Warned has accepted that Broad was simply too good for him in England.
“The ball was going in and away so on those kind of wickets, it’s quite challenging,” Warner was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“I know me and Marcus Harris spoke about it quite a lot; what can you do? If it’s in the first 10 balls when you’re out there and you get a good one like that, you can’t do anything.
“I spoke to Broady about the one that bowled me at Lord’s; he said to me it was probably one of the best balls he’s ever bowled. Up the slope, nipping back in, it’s very difficult to do that repeatedly. Credit to him. I look back at that now and just forget about it.”
A man with 21 Test tons to his name, Warner is still expected to keep his place in the Australia Test squad despite his measly Ashes returns. The 32-year-old will look to get back to his very best at the international level when Australia host Pakistan in a two-match Test series beginning at the Gabba on November 21.
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Tourists South Africa are in real trouble on the morning of day three of the second Test against India.
Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami rattled South Africa’s top order in the first innings. And, resuming on the overnight score of 36/3, South Africa lost two wickets for just 17 runs in the morning session on day three.
Captain Virat Kohli scored an Indian record seventh Test double hundred as his side dominated day two of the second Test against the Proteas.
The hosts resumed on 273-3 and Kohli took his score from 63 to 254 not out as his side hit 601-5 before declaring.
The only India wickets to fall on the second day in Pune were Ajinkya Rahane (58) and Ravindra Jadeja (91).
South Africa lost Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma as they reached 36-3 at the close.
Virat Kohli posted his highest Test score after becoming the first Indian to score seven double centuries to leave South Africa demoralised in Pune.
The hosts’ captain hit 254 not out, bettering by 11 his previous format best from almost two years and going past 7,000 Test runs in the process, in a total of 601 for five declared on day two of the second Test.
Having completed his 26th Test hundred – and first of the year – in the morning session, Kohli attacked after lunch and, by reaching 150 for the ninth time, broke Australian Don Bradman’s record of most 150-plus scores as captain.
Kohli also eclipsed national heroes Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag with his seventh double ton and only Bradman (12), Kumar Sangakkara (11) and Brian Lara (nine) have more.
He eventually brought an end to his 336-ball innings, which included two sixes and 33 fours, having shared stands of 178 with Ajinkya Rahan (59) and 225 with Ravindra Jadeja (91 off 104 balls).
However, the torment did not end there for the tourists after they were reduced to 36 for three at stumps, 565 behind, with left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj taken for precautionary scans on a shoulder problem.
India lead the three-match series 1-0.