It is Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test when David Warner knocked another Test century after escaping a hear-throbbing catch miss. The striker on 99, was caught at the delivery off seamer Tom Curran, but it turned out as a no-ball reliving the player. Finally, he scored the century and couple of balls later, before being caught by Jonny Bairstow at the over from James Anderson. Warner hammered 103 off 151 balls hauling Australia’s tally to 135. Earlier in the inning Christ Woakes took down Cameron Bancroft in the 35th over. The opening partnership between Bancroft and Warner was off 122 runs. Australia winning the toss, and Steven Smith deciding to bat first came out as an amicable bet.
By tea break of the inning, Australia was 145 for 2. Khawaja and Smith just started their knocks after the openers returned to pavilion. Khawaja played until 57 overs, scoring only 17 runs. He played 65 balls beating only two boundaries in the stretch. Meanwhile, skipper Steven Smith advanced towards a half century by the 70th over.
David Warner, in the morning session, plundered 13 fours and a six in this century knock. It was his 21st Test Century. In 2017, the player scored four centuries in the format so far. Throughout the inning, he played with striking momentum, bringing his 50 off 64 balls. Bancroft, in contrast, had a woeful inning struggling throughout short deliveries. The opening partnership had imperative addition from Warner.
As Australia nicked the series ahead of the Boxing Day Test, the following two matches of the five-match series turned out as dead rubbers. England still came out with debutant players like Tom Curran. The team put up a fight against batsmen, but Australia played with excellent confidence, clearly apparent on Warner’s knocks. As the inning neared 80 over, Smith knocked a half century in his partnership with Shaun Marsh.
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