Warner cracks drought-breaking 200 then adds to Australia’s injury woes

Many in the crowd of 42,614 stood in appreciation to cheer him off the ground. That number brought the combined two-day attendance to nearly 108,000.

Not only did Warner emphatically answer questions about that future after going 27 innings without reaching triple digits, he also acknowledged what an important part of the team he is with an important year ahead of him.

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A series win against South Africa will bolster Australia’s position as the world’s top-ranked Test team and all but confirm their place in the Test World Cup, most likely against India at The Oval next June.

First, however, Warner has a tour of India next month, where he averages just 24 years old. After the World Test Championship comes Ashes’ tour of England, where he’s averaging 26 and was Stuart Broad’s rabbit last time.

Warner’s place on those tours became less certain with each low score until Tuesday when he completed his 25th and 19th Tests in Australia. It was the third time he reached 200. Significantly, his average has risen this year from under 21 in 10 Tests to nearly 32 in the 11th and last of 2022. Joe Root is the only other player to score a double century in his 100th Check.

Fittingly, it all took place in front of the Shane Warne booth. The recently deceased star sometimes wondered who his screenwriter was after monumental moments of magic, particularly with his beloved MCG.

Not all were fairy tales, however. Marnus Labuschagne was knocked out for 14 after a terrible mix-up with Warner, who surprised his batting partner by demanding a second run on a miss.

Two balls earlier, Warner appeared to have reached his first half-century in 13 innings at 47 when he attempted to hook Anrich Nortje and the ball flew over the wicketkeeper’s head for the boundary. However, the ball had struck Warner’s helmet, causing a delay in the substitution.

Reaching his half-century, Warner, to generous applause, offered a perfunctory racquet lift as if still suffering from the unfortunate and needless loss of Labuschagne. It was the same reaction when Warner made the 78 runs it took to reach 8000.

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Conditions were so exhausting that plastic chairs with towels were carried over Smith and Warner to the center of the arena to rehydrate before Warner received further treatments.

Then the first ball after the drinks, Smith directed a short, wide ball straight into the gully fielder’s hands.

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Ryan Sederquist

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