David Warner joins the elite club by scoring a double century in his 100th Test
David Warner became the 10th player to score a century in his 100th Test and only the second to score a double century with a rolling innings against South Africa at the MCG, snapping a nearly three-year Test century drought.
In scoring his 25th Test century and third Test double century, he joined an illustrious group of names to reach the milestone and became only the second Australian to do so behind Ricky Ponting, the only player to score his 100th double century. Test. Joe Root is the only player to score a double century in his 100th Test.
After Gordon Greenidge, Warner became only the second player to score a century in both his 100th ODI and 100th Test.
He had vowed before the match to get back to his old self and take the attack to South Africa’s bowlers, and he scored his first Test century since January 2020, a stretch of 27 innings without a century. He registered his first 50-plus score in Test cricket in 11 innings after his previous half-century in Lahore earlier this year. It was his second international century in all formats since January 2020, as well as his only century at the MCG in an ODI against England in November.
Warner wasn’t done there, thrashing South Africa’s bowlers in all areas in the afternoon heat. Temperatures reached 37 degrees with a warm northerly breeze. He battled through cramps and heat exhaustion to hit his second century in just 110 balls. He was too stubborn as he tried to celebrate his double century and was forced to retire injured, with the physio helping him wobble off the ground.