Twitter Reactions: David Warner buries the ghost in Tests with an authoritative ton at The Gabba

Twitter Reactions: David Warner buries the ghost in Tests with an authoritative ton at The Gabba

This is his first Test ton in 18 innings.

David Warner
David Warner. (Photo Source: Twitter)

He is back. David Warner is well and truly back in Tests. He endured a forgettable Ashes in England and wasn’t even able to cross the 100-run mark in 10 innings. However, come the home Tests, the southpaw has stamped his authority and how! Warner was lucky as well with Naseem Shah overstepping after picking up his wicket. Apart from that blip, the left-hander has looked absolutely unfazed.

The second day’s play started with Pakistan hoping to put Australia underfire batting line-up under pressure. But their new-ball bowlers Imran Khan and Shaheen Afridi were too short. Joe Burns and David Warner were at ease right from the word go and after getting his eye in, the latter started to take a toll of the freebies offered by the bowlers.

Warner soon brought the trademark shots out of his repertoire and Pakistan bowlers looked clueless after not breaking through in the first hour of the day. The visitors were themselves to blame though as they didn’t bowl in the right areas to trouble the batters.

Warner rides luck on his way to 22nd Test ton

Luck was with David Warner as well. When he was on 56, the debutant Naseem Shah induced an edge off his bat. But on replays, it was confirmed that the youngster had overstepped which gave the lifeline to the 33-year-old. Moreover, the southpaw was almost run-out later while taking a quick single. But one of the Pakistan fielders couldn’t aim the stumps only for the juggernaut to continue.

Warner’s first century after 18 innings didn’t come that easily again as he was stranded in the 90s for a long time and understandably so. The pressure was clearly on him and interestingly remained not-out on 99 at Tea. Even after the final session began, Pakistan didn’t make it easy for him to score a single as Shaheen Afridi bowled a maiden first up. But then, in the very next over, the inevitable happened.

He tucked a short-pitched delivery from Yasir Shah to the leg-side and let out a roar upon reaching the three-figure mark. The trademark celebration was also back even as this also turned out to be his first Test century after returning from ban. Certainly, it was an emotional moment for David Warner and totally deserved this ton for the way he batted throughout his innings.

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