Australian opener David Warner has made an impressive triple ton on on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan at Adelaide on Saturday.
When Warner reached at unbeaten on 335, Australia declared on 589/3. This is the first triple century in the Test cricket history at Adelaide Oval and he went past Don Bradman’s 299 not out (versus South Africa in 1932), which was the highest Test score at the venue till then. Warner cruised to his historic triple ton century off just 389 balls.
Along with David Warner, his partner Steve Smith also found rhythm and he became the fastest man to 7,000 Test runs as Australia put Pakistan on tenterhook on day two of the second Test in Adelaide.
The 33-year-old brought up the mark with a boundary off Mohammad Abbas, smashing 37 fours. He continued standing at the crease for nearly nine hours. Only once Warner got a life when the score reached at 226 and was caught in the gully, but only for the umpire to call Muhammad Musa’s delivery a no-ball.
This is the 31st triple hundred ever in Test history. The last one was Karun Nair’s 303* against England in Dec 2016. The last by an Australian was Michael Clarke’s 329* against India in Jan 2012.
Smith – who failed to score in the first of the two-Test series at Brisbane – shattered an old record of 1946. With a single of Muhammad Musa, Smith touched 7,000 runs in his 126th innings and broke a 73-year-old record held by English great Wally Hammond who reached the milestone in his 131st innings. Smith also moved past legendary countryman Donald Bradman’s 6,996 Test runs to become Australia’s 11th highest scorer.
The home team resumed the day-night second Test at 302 for one with Warner on 166 and Marnus Labuschagne 126, with the pair putting on another 67 runs before Pakistan finally got a breakthrough.
Skipper Azhar Ali took the new ball and Shaheen Afridi clean-bowled Labuschagne as he attempted a drive, just as he and Warner appeared set for another long day at the crease.