Explosive Australian batter David Warner has put an end to his Test century drought after smashing a hundred in the ongoing Boxing-Day Test against South Africa at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday. In fact, Warner didn’t just score a century in Melbourne but also converted it into a double hundred, taking just 254 balls to reach the major milestone.
However, soon after reaching the landmark, the opening batter had to retire hurt, as he slumped down with cramps before being taken off the field. Following Warner’s incredible comeback knock, his wife Candice said it was relieving to see her husband’s return to form and hoped the critics to shut down, who were writing off Warner.
“Just incredibly proud. A sense of relief. David’s back has been against the wall, and everyone has been saying he’s too old or he should retire, but first of all, to hit 8000 Test runs is a huge milestone and then to get a Test century — hopefully, now people will sort of back off him a little bit,” said Candice while speaking on Channel 7.
Candice mentioned that Warner was a little unlucky in the last few Tests, but he knew his ultimate goal and executed it remarkably in the second match.
“Everything else is behind him now, he came here, and he was ready to go. He’s had a little bit of bad luck in the last few Tests, but he knew what he wanted to do, and he executed it beautifully. It’s funny everybody says form slump, but that’s not the words he’s been using, it’s not the words everyone has been talking about in the change rooms,” Candice added.
Speaking about Day 2, Australia kept the domination on the Proteas. After bundling out the tourists for a mere 189, the hosts have reached 386/3 at the end of the second day, with Travis Head (48 not out) and Alex Carey (9 not out) at the crease. Apart from Warner, former Aussie skipper Steve Smith scored 85 runs.