David Warner muted critics with his 26th Test century: AUS vs PAK 1st Test 2023 

David Warner muted critics with his 26th test century against Pakistan in the 1st test match series. The 37-year-old cricketer silenced the critics who were speculating about Warner’s lack of fitness for the 5-day format.

Warner’s farewell series against Pakistan started with a bang. The hosts scored 346-5 in 84 overs at the end of Day 1.

It is confirmed that Warner will receive a grand farewell marking the completion of the 3rd test match at Sydney.

Australia’s explosive left-handed batsman took just 125 balls to reach his century at Perth Stadium.

David Warner muted the critics with his 26th test century by accumulating an overall 8,651 runs in test cricket. Consequently, David Warnerpushed Matthew Hayden, and Michael Clarke down to the 5th position in the list of Australia’s all-time most run scorers in tests.

Warner’s explosive knock of 164 runs from 211 balls( including 16 fours and 4 sixes), proved too tough for the Pakistani bowlers to handle.

Apart from David Warner, there were plenty of misfields from Pakistan fielders. For instance, another dropped catch of Usman Khawaja at 25 runs by Abdullah Shafique.

David Warner muted critics with his 26th Test century: An impressive comeback in the red-ball cricket

David Warner muted critics with his 26th century as well as provided proper justice to the Australian skipper Pat Cummins’s decision to bat first.

Even after delivering many impressive performances in the past, Warner was extremely criticized for his inconsistency in test cricket in recent years.

Regardless of scoring a double century in tests against South Africa in 2022, David Warner faced pressure by struggling to continue with his consistent form.

Especially, Warner struggles to face delivery against certain bowling attacks.

Ahead of his 110th test match, Australian former pacer as well as Warner’s teammate Mitchell Johnson raised questions if the Australian opener truly deserves a farewell.

Referring to his poor form in tests and the ball-tampering scandal in the year 2018, which included Warner’s involvement, posed several questions.

Additionally, the young talented openers such as Will Pucovski and Marcus Harris pressurized Warner to step down and provide opportunity. Mainly, a dip in his form intensified the debate.

Warner’s aggressive approach left Pakistan bowlers as well as the critics awestruck.

Though the pitch at Sydney offered huge bounces and challenged Warner, he counter-attacked the Pakistan bowlers.

The veteran opener reached his half-century in just 41 balls. Also, Warner reached the initial milestone in style by smashing a four off Faheem Ashraf’s delivery. Moreover, he maintained a 126-run opening partnership with Usman Khawaja.

Despite his strike rate slowing down after lunch, Warner pursued the hunt for reaching his 26th test century. Finally, David Warner reached the crucial milestone by striking an upper-cut boundary of the debutant Aamer Jamal’s delivery.

David Warner muted critics with his 26th Test Century: A special gesture to all spectators as well as criticizers

David Warner made a special gesture to all spectators as well as the critics after reaching his 26th Test century. His special gesture during the celebration witnessed placing the fingers on his lips while looking above.

According to the former Australian opener Adam Gilchrist, Warner’s unique gesture was a response to the persistent criticism in tests. Gilchrist feels that it was a perfect way to shut down the criticism by posting huge runs on the board.

David Warner muted critics with his 26th Test century: Pakistan’s misfield a lifeline for David Warner

On Day 1, David Warner voyaged with his luck which included a dropped catch. As well as a missed stumping, and run-out chance simultaneously, granted the freedom for the left-handed batsman to play aggressive strokes.

The Pakistan cricket team had to face the consequences of providing additional lifelines to Warner after reaching his 49th International century ( Test-26, ODIs-28, and T20Is-1).

1st Chance: Dropped Catch

David Warner at 104, luckily escaped with a dropped catch. Khurram Shahzad failed to grab the catch that traveled above his head at the mid-on.

2nd Chance: Stump Out

Warner batting at 141, survived a stump out due to Pakistan’s wicket-keeper negligence. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s lack of alertness couldn’t clutch the ball bowled by Agha Salman.

Agha Salman bowled with multiple variations including plenty of turn, hold, and bounce. But Sarfaraz Ahmed couldn’t clutch the ball just outside off.

As a result, David Warner outlasted with his luck in the first attempt.

3rd Chance: Run Out

Simultaneously, after surviving with the stump out, David Warner moved out of the crease attempting to take a single run. Babar Azam fielding the first slip, couldn’t aim the stumps accurately.

As a result, Pakistan missed the stumping, run-out, and conceded an overthrow in a single delivery.

David Warner muted critics with his 26th Test Century: Overall Facts

Along with Warner, the crucial contribution of these batsmen steered Australia to a total of 487-10 in 113.2 overs on Day 2:

  1. Mitchell Marsh: 90 runs from 107 balls ( including 15 fours and 1 six)
  2. Usman Khawaja: 41 runs from 98 balls ( including 6 fours)
  3. Travis Head: 40 runs from 53 balls ( including 6 fours)

Overall, David Warner muted critics with his 26th test century and proved his spirit in test cricket.

Moreover, the 37-year-old opening batsman with his century proves that age does not matter at all. Rather, a pure combination of class and mass cricket yields the best form for a batsman, which counts the most… 

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