Australia opener David Warner scored his maiden Test triple century as hosts continued to dominate Pakistan in the ongoing Pink Ball Test at the Adelaide Oval.
Warner, whose previous high score was 253, hit an unbeaten 335 from 418 balls – the second-highest Test score by an Australian and 10th highest overall.
He passed Sir Donald Bradman and Mark Taylor’s mark of 334 before the Aussie skipper Tim Paine declared the first innings on 589/3.
Former opening batsman Matthew Hayden has the highest Test score by an Australian with his 380 not out against Zimbabwe in 2003.
The West Indies great Brian Lara is the current world record holder with his unbeaten 400 against England in 2004.
Here's the view from the stands as David Warner made history in Adelaide!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 30, 2019
Veteran England fast bowler Stuart Broad, who dismissed Warner at will during the 2019 Ashes in England, admitted on social media platform Instagram that Warner was in the vicinity of breaking the world record in Test cricket.
Here’s how Twitter reacted on Tim Paine’s declaration:
David Warner had the chance of beating Lara's 400 dont know why they declared #AUSvPAK
— Siddarth Pai (@siddarthpaim) December 1, 2019
Big decision by Tim Paine to declare with Warner approaching Lara’s world record score of 400. This is most admirable aspect of Aussie cricket: personal milestones secondary to team interest. Warner must rest content at getting past Bradman’s highest score. In itself huge!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 30, 2019
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) November 30, 2019
Disappointing call to declare at that time by Paine. Either let #davidwarner chase the world record 401 or declare the ball before when he was 334 equal with Don Bradman & Mark Taylor for a nice piece of history. Luke warm on Warner being ahead of them #ausvspak
— Brendan M (@bmaher79) November 30, 2019