David Warner, on Saturday, slammed the seventh Test triple-century by an Australian, waltzing his way to the highest ever Test score at the Adelaide Oval.
In the most dominant innings of his career, Warner brought up the 300-mark off just 389 balls in the Pink-Ball Test when he pulled Mohammad Abbas for a boundary.
He is the first Australian to do so since Michael Clarke in 2012 against India, in what was a similarly big first-innings score.
With world-record holder Brian Lara in the crowd watching his score of 400 fall under threat, Warner punished anything too full or too short from the visitors. And there were plenty of wayward deliveries to pick off.
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After the second day’s play, Warner was asked whether it’s possible to surpass the legendary milestone of the highest individual score set by Lara in 2004 against England. The Aussie opener replied, “Yeah, look, I think it’s about the person himself. We’ve got long boundaries; it is quite difficult at times. When fatigue sets in, it’s very hard to try hard and throw your hands at it,” Warner told Fox Sports.
“At the end, I tried to run two’s to lift the ante because I couldn’t actually think like I could clear the ropes.”
He then picked the Indian opener Rohit Sharma as the one to break the record. “I think, one day, if I’ve to name a player, I reckon it could be Rohit Sharma. Definitely,” Warner said.
Rohit has aced the limited-overs cricket with three double-centuries in ODIs and four centuries in T20Is. He had a mixed start to his Test career, which has found a second wind after his promotion from middle-order to opening batsman.
In a three-match Test series against South Africa, Rohit opened for the first time and scored twin centuries. He has now six centuries and ten fifties from 53 innings in the longest format.