David Warner hits an epic unbeaten double hundred, Australia dominates, good news for India
David Warner hits an unbeaten double hundred in his 100th Test match, he is the only second player in the history of the game to do so after former England captain Joe Root.
David Warner’s 200 unbeaten innings and his partnership of 239 puts Australia in command on the second day of the Boxing day test at the iconic Melbourne.
Australia are already 1-0 up in the 3-match Test series.
Steve Smith too completed 1000 Test runs in the Melbourne cricket ground popularly known as the MCG.
But sadly David Warner could not go on after his 200th run due to extreme heat which touched 40 degrees.
He had to retire hurt because of severe cramps which didn’t allow him to go further.
This was Australia’s day as the scoring rate 4.3 runs per over and in the final session it peaked to 5.4 runs per over.
David Warner’s batting and his position as Australia’s opener was in question before this Boxing day test match but he did promise to come back to his usual self and he displayed his abilities perfectly in his innings.
Amidst extreme heat he not only showed his batting skills but also showed his fitness.
He batted almost 6 hours, ran 63 singles, 14 2s, 7 3s and also 3 4s. He also hit 16 boundaries and 2 sixes.
South African attack, consisting of Rabada, Ngidi, Norje and Rabada could do little to stop Warner from his batting assault.
Anrich Norje howled fast, touched even 155 kph but could not dislodge Warner.
Warner and Smith put on 239 runs partnership which is the second 3rd wicket partnership against South Africa.
Australia are 386 for 3, leading South Africa by 197 runs after the close of the second day’s play. Steven Smith scored 85 runs, Manus Labuchagne scored 14 runs before being run out, Travis Head is unbeaten on 48 runs off 48 balls and Alex Carey is batting on 9.
Cameron Green was unfortunately hit in his finger and had to retire hurt on 6.
If Australia go on to win this match India will be maintaining its second position at the points table of World Test Champinship.
The final will be played next year in England. South Africa will slip further. But as Mitchell Starc is injured already and Cameron Green too was badly hit in his finger, Australia are left with only 3 bowlers, Pat Cummins, Scott Boland and Nathan Lyon.
It will be interesting to see how Australia will operate with just 3 bowlers.
By Nandan Chetry