David Warner, delivered an impressive performance, which included his 25th hundred and first in three years, silenced critics and solidified his place in the team. The Australian cricket player, retired on 200 during his 100th test match against South Africa, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
Despite his success in the past, Warner had struggled in recent matches, averaging only 20.61 from 10 games in 2022. He had not scored above 50 since March, during a Test match against Pakistan in Lahore. He silenced his critics after this splendid double.
David Warner‘s double century was the first in three years. He also became the eighth Australian player to score 8,000 runs in tests and joined England’s Joe Root in the exclusive club of players who have scored a double century in their 100th test match.
During the match, Warner was suffering from cramps and had to be carried off the field by his teammates while crying. He was unable to continue playing and had to retire due to his injury.
David Warner gets emotional after scoring double century against SA
He achieved his third double-century in 254 balls. Warner celebrated his first hundred with aggression and enthusiasm, including blowing kisses to his family and fans. Later in the match, he reached his second hundred while struggling in the heat, but his celebratory leap left him leaning on his bat and struggling to stand.
After enduring a tough stretch of play and facing pressure to prove his worth on the team, David Warner pulled off an impressive performance at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Not only did he score a double century, but he also believes it was the best knock of his entire career. His determination and resilience shone through as he solidified his place as a key player on the Australian cricket team.
The batsman says “I’m going out to play the way I want to, looking to score and have intent’, and to deliver that in a Boxing Day Test which is the pinnacle as a kid…to go out and execute that emphatically was awesome.”
Warner, with his century, has also become the second Australian after Ricky Ponting and the 10th batsman overall to achieve the three-figure mark in his 100th Test. It was his first Test century since January 2020.