Australia opener David Warner regained his lost form in limited overs cricket with a brilliant double ton during the first innings of the ongoing second Test against South Africa. Warner has now become the second batter to score a double century in his 100th appearance after England’s Joe Root, who pulled off the rare and magnificent feat against India last year.
But soon after reaching the milestone, Warner had to retire hurt, having sustained an injury while celebrating at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) emphatically.
En route to the triple-figure mark, the 36-year-old had passed 8,000 Test runs – the eighth Australian to do so – after coming into the game under pressure with a lean patch. It was his first Test century since January 2020.
Warner has down his haters on day two of the Melbourne Test, and with the opposition bowlers tiring in searing heat, the southpaw battled brilliantly and converted his hundred to 200.
His third double Test ton came off 254 balls with 16 fours and two sixes.
Here’s the video:
A double century for David Warner!
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Australia finished Day 2 on 386/3
Australia have taken a 197-run lead over South Africa in the first innings. The Aussies started with an overnight score of 45-1. Soon on Day 2, they lost the wicket of Marnus Labuschagne.
However, a 239-run stand between Warner and Steve Smith helped the hosts in taking full control of the match. While Warner smashed a double hundred, Steve Smith scored 85 and had another terrific outing at the MCG. However, just ahead of the stumps, all-rounder Cameron Green suffered an injury to his hand, which can be a big concern for the home team in the remaining game.