Hughes on the mind of Warner after century


Australia's David Warner entered an elite club on Tuesday when he smashed a belligerent 95-ball 113 against Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground to set up yet another Test for his country.

Bradman was the last to do so with 105 in at Headingley in Leeds, England, in 1930 on his way to 334, with fellow Australians Victor Trumper hitting 103 at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, in 1902 and Charlie Macartney scoring 112 at Headingley in Leeds in 1926.

Misbah, who has been one of the most successful captains in the country's Test history, has received a flurry of criticism for his tactics after the side slumped to their fifth consecutive match in Australia. Warner's hundred is the first time any batsman has achieved the feat since Majid Khan in Karachi more than 40 years ago. Pull shots and punches through the covers were most prevalent, all played with a level of hustling intent that suggested Warner always knew the hundred before lunch was on.

When the astounding first session of the third Test ended, the downbeat Pakistanis made a beeline to David Warner, who had incredibly scored a century off a mere 78 balls, in a show of genuine sportsmanship.

With a first Test series win of the season already in the bag after the dramatic victory in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, Australia has continued the reconstruction of its team ahead of February's four-Test tour of India.

Under Misbah's captaincy, Pakistan had climbed to No.1 in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Test rankings previous year but they lost their position to India, who reclaimed it back in October. "It was about going out there with intent and batting positive". Truth be told, he was gifted runs due to Pakistan's dreary bowlers continually hitting Warner's sweet spot in a mishmash of wayward bowling.

Pakistan also made two changes with seamer Imran Khan coming in for Sohail Khan and Sharjeel Khan for opener Sami Aslam.

He eventually scored 180 runs off 190 balls.

While Warner was unable to go on for long after the interval, Renshaw wedged himself into the wicket, and was composed through the departures of Usman Khawaja and the captain Steven Smith before Pete Handscomb, another bright young thing, settled in.

"So I worked a lot with [NCC head coach] Troy Cooley and Ryan Harris and they got a lot of structure behind my run-up and did a bit of technical work as well. Hopefully I can go out there and prove that what I'm doing is good enough for Test cricket".

"Even when he found out I was in the squad he was one of the first guys to come up and congratulate me".



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