Warner Returns … and what a Return!!

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Trademark David Warner

Randwick Petersham’s 90th First Grader has returned to Test Cricket with a run scoring feast. At the GABBA, in the 1st Test v Pakistan, he scored a sublime 154 contributing to a dominating win. His hunger for runs has continued with 335* in the first innings at Adelaide placing him 2nd to Matthew Hayden (380) in highest Australian Test scores and is now part of an exclusive Club of 7 Australians to score a Test Triple Century – Sir Donald Bradman (334 v England, 1930 & 304 v England, 1934), Bob Simpson (311 v England, 1964), Bob Cowper (307 v England, 1966), Mark Taylor (334* v Pakistan, 1998), Matthew Hayden (380 v Zimbabwe, 2003) & Michael Clarke (329* v India, 2012). 

Courtesy of ESPNCricinfo

Some interesting facts to consider. Not only did he surpass The Don’s 334 v England at Leeds in 1930 he also passed former Australian skipper Mark Taylor’s 334* v Pakistan at Peshawar in 1998. The only other player to go close was another former skipper Michael Clarke with 329* v India at the SCG. This innings also exceeded the Test record score at Adelaide Oval which previously stood at 299* by none other than, you guessed it, Bradman (vs South Africa, 1931-32).

The Randy Petes #1 Supporter Sam Williams with his hero David

Following a moderate Ashes 2019 campaign (95 runs in 10 innings), many knew it wouldn’t be long before a return to form was on the cards.  Some of the public failed to recognise his recent domination in the 2019 Cricket World Cup as Australia reached the Semi Final (647 runs at 71.88 in 10 innings including a highest score of 166, 3 centuries and 3 half-centuries) as well his start to the Australian summer with a Sheffield Shield century for NSW, a T20I century against Sri Lanka as well as the aforementioned tons against Pakistan.

This series so far Davey has scored 489 runs in 2 innings with 1 dismissal leaving him with an average of 489.00. Even more interesting is that he has hit 49 boundaries and only cleared the fence once. 

Finally, what about the synchronicity of this innings:

  • Warner’s 335* was the 31st triple century scored in the history of Test cricket
  • Coincidentally Warner’s shirt number is 31
  • The triple century was scored on Nov 30, 91 years to the day since Bradman’s debut on Nov 30 1928

Surely in such a rich vein of run scoring form it won’t be the last time we see David raise his bat this summer. 

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