David Warner accomplishes century after almighty scare

Subsequently, he notched his 21st Test century, surpassing Virat Kohli.

David Warner
David Warner of Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

‘One man’s demise is another man’s delight’- It’s a popular phrase which means that the disappointment of person can lead to the jubilation of another. Tom Curran and David Warner were involved in similar fortunes during the Boxing-Day Test of the Magellan Ashes at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

However, on the day, while Lady Luck smiled on Warner, the fortunes didn’t favour Tom Curran, the 22-year fast-bowler. The left-handed batsman looked in prime form as he smashed the English bowlers to all corners of the park. Subsequently, he notched his 21st Test century, surpassing Virat Kohli. However, he encountered an almighty scare at the threshold of his ton.


The dramatic occurrence

Tom Curran bowled a slower bouncer from around the wicket that gripped on the pitch. Subsequently, Warner was caught napping as he spooned a catch to mid-on at a score of 99. While Curran was ecstatic at the dismissal, Warner and the commentators were left shell-shocked. However, the umpires decided to check for a possible no-ball.

Replays showed that Curran’s front-foot landed on the crease, which didn’t legitimize the delivery. Consequently, it was called a no-ball and Warner erupted in joy for his stupendous ton. The reversal of the decision also meant that Curran’s delight turned into despair as he was robbed of his maiden Test wicket. Here’s the clip.

Warner’s elation didn’t last long as soon after he was dismissed by James Anderson for a score of 103. To add to Curran’s distress, he went wicket-less for the day. Australia ended the first day with 244/3 on the board and will look to pile on to England’s agony on the second day.

They lost Warner, Cameron Bancroft and Shaun Marsh in quick succession, however, they have Shaun Marsh and Steve Smith at the crease which holds them in good stead going into the second day at Melbourne.