David Warner joins Elite Club, nicks the first before-lunch Test Ton for Australia

 . Last updated on January 3, 2017, 1:00 PM
David Warner joins Elite Club, nicks the first before-lunch Test Ton for Australia
David Warner celebrates his iconic test century in a flash.
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Australia is reaching the highpoints in the first inning of the Sydney Test. On the first day, when the host chose to bat, they raptured through the bowling attacks to score 250 plus by the third session. It had a century each from the two openers. David Warner scored 113 to be with the top five batsmen to score the fastest Test centuries before a lunch break for Australia. While Matt Renshaw was with an unbeaten century pairing with the fourth wicket.

Warner was on the crease only for two hours when he nicked the ton even before the lunch. He joined the bandwagon of a handful of cricketers to have that rare accolade. The only batsmen to reach that milestone are Victor Trumper, Charlie McCartney, Sir Donald Bradman, and Majid Khan. The latest, that of Majid Khan was only in 1976-77. The batsman reached 100 in the 27th over, scoring the century off 78 balls. Steering the inning right from the beginning, he smashed the boundaries off the over from Imran Khan, Pakistan's new inclusion. He played with no barriers to his shot beating Wahab Riaz and others. He got the century off the bowler taking a three, which in fact, culminated after a misfielding. Warner hauled the score to 151 when Wahab removed him caught by the keeper. On the other end, Renshaw was playing swift.

Usman Khawaja came in for a short stretch. He was aggressive enough that lead him to edge the delivery from Wahab to score high. He scored only 13 in the inning. The score was 203 for 2 wickets, with Renshaw playing with maximum composure. Captain Steven Smith came to bat after Khawaja and delivered a brief strike. Smith was removed at a delivery from Yasir Shah edging it to the keeper. He scored 24 runs, which had three boundaries. Renshaw had his century partnering with Peter Handscomb, the fourth wicket. The player was timely and was contrasting with that of Warner. His century came up in 201 balls, steadying the inning towards a big score.

It was in 2002, when both Aussie openers scores 100s batting in the same inning. The match was also played in the same stadium, SCG. The batsmen were Justin Langer and Mathew Hayden, playing against South Africa. In new year Test matches, Warner has scored two centuries earlier his latest in this match. The first was in the same stadium in 2015 with India and the second was in 2016 against South Africa. This milestone century in 2017 against Pakistan got him to the elite club of fastest Test centurions.

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