• Thursday, Jan 28, 2021
  • Last Update : 12:18 am

Warner century hands Australia solid start

  • Published at 03:21 pm December 26th, 2017
  • Last updated at 03:26 pm December 26th, 2017
Warner century hands Australia solid start
Opening batsman David Warner enjoyed a gift-wrapped century after being reprieved on 99 as Australia emerged on top at the close of a meandering first day of the Boxing Day Test against England on Tuesday. Warner was caught at mid-on on the cusp of his 21st test hundred, and first of the ongoing Ashes, but the wicket was cancelled to the delight of a festive Melbourne Cricket Ground when the replay showed England's debutant paceman Tom Curran had overstepped. The home vice-captain reached his ton on the next ball and while he was unable to push on much further his 103 helped drive Australia to 244 for three at stumps, a strong position after skipper Steve Smith won the toss and opted to bat on a slow, flat wicket. Warner said he was delighted to be given another life on 99. "Getting recalled was obviously fantastic," he told reporters. "It was a bit of a roller coaster of emotions between those two deliveries, that’s for sure." Smith's brilliant series continued, the Australian captain 65 not out at the close, with Shaun Marsh also unbeaten on 31. The pair steered Australia to safety with an unbroken partnership of 84 after Stuart Broad ended a 70-over wicket drought to have Usman Khawaja caught behind for 17. Smith now remains unbeaten in three consecutive Boxing Day Tests, having scored a total of 434 runs in matches against West Indies, Pakistan and now England. Australia reclaimed the Ashes in the third test in Perth and hold an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series but 88,172 spectators packed the MCG to witness a peculiar day's play. After Warner and fellow opener Cameron Bancroft piled on 102 runs to lunch, Australia added only 43 in the second session as England rallied with two wickets in brilliant sunshine. All-rounder Chris Woakes broke Warner and Bancroft's 122-run partnership by having Bancroft lbw for 26. Warner was caught on 99 just before the drinks break, a clumsy pull-shot off Curran's no-ball lobbing to Broad at mid-on. He raised his hundred with a single on the next ball and celebrated with his customary running jump and fist-pump before offering Curran some choice words, angering England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow. Veteran paceman James Anderson then removed Warner with a fine delivery that jagged back off the seam to catch an edge on the way through to Bairstow. The wicket drew Anderson level with West Indies great Courtney Walsh on 519 test victims, equal fifth on the all-time list. It was tough going for the bowlers, however, and Anderson felt the bumper crowd was short-changed by the pitch. "You’d think the 90,000 that turned up today don’t want to see 240 for three (at stumps)," the 35-year-old said. "People want to see exciting cricket. It wasn't that exciting to play when it's that attritional." After dismissing Khawaja, Broad very nearly trapped new batsman Marsh in front but the lbw appeal was turned down. Root reviewed but the decision remained the umpire's call, with the tracking technology showing it clipping the bails. Marsh survived another big shout for lbw but England's brief moment of ascendancy disappeared as the left-hander dug in with Smith. The skipper raised his 22nd test half-century by driving part-time spinner Dawid Malan for two runs through the covers before he and Marsh saw Australia to the safety of stumps. BRIEF SCORE: Australia 3 for 244 (Warner 103, Smith 65*) v England at stumps of day one  
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail