David Warner celebrated his milestone twice on Tuesday in front of a raucous MCG crowd as Warner, playing in his 100th Test, slammed a double century against South Africa in the ongoing Boxing Day Test.
Warner had come in the game under huge pressure of a lack of runs, and perhaps even his place in the XI under threat. But the left-hander pocket dynamo, having donned the famed Baggy Green for the 100th time in his career, rocked back to his best, and scored 200 runs off 254 balls before retiring hurt due to excessive cramps.
Warner’s double ton and Steve Smith’s 85, followed by Travis Head’s 48* has helped Australia take full control of the game. By the end of Day 2, the hosts are 386/3, with a lead of 197 runs.
This was Warner’s 25th Test century, and his third Test double century, and his first since January 2020!
David Warner became the 10th man in Test history to score a century in his 100th Test, joining an illustrious group of batters to have achieved the milestone previously, and became only the 2nd Australian batter to do it behind Ricky Ponting, who is also the only batsman to score twin hundreds in his 100th Test.
Warner and Joe Root are the only two batsmen to score a double hundred in their 100th Test.
Here is the list of all 10 batsmen who have recorded a century in their 100th Test match:
Colin Cowdrey (104) – England vs Australia, Birmingham, 1968
Javed Miandad (145)-Pakistan vs India, Lahore, 1989
Gordon Greenidge (149) – West Indies vs England, St John’s, 1990
Alec Stewart (105)-England vs West Indies, Manchester, 2000
Inzamam ul Haq (184)-Pakistan vs India, Bengaluru, 2005
Ricky Ponting (2) (120, 143*) – Australia vs South Africa, Sydney, 2006
Graeme Smith (131)- South Africa vs England, The Oval, 2012
Hashim Amla (134)-South Africa vs Sri Lanka, Johannesburg, 2017
Joe Root (218)-England vs India, Chennai, 2021
David Warner (200)-Australia vs South Africa, Melbourne, 2022