David Warner Started His Farewell Test Series in Style

The first day of the 1st test between Australia and Pakistan ends with the hosts taking the upper hand. Pakistan’s inexperience in the bowling unit was visible on day one of the first Australia vs Pakistan 2023 test series. David Warner, who is playing his farewell test series has started the series in style. He led the day with his attacking 164 runs off 211 balls. The left-hander didn’t give a sniff to the opposition bowlers and continued to play his shots.

David Warner starts well in the Test Series

Test Series Day 1: First Session

After winning the toss, Pat Cummins and Australia decided to bat first. Considering the pitch, the decision was a good one as there was not much help for the pacers. David Warner gets off the mark with a single of the very first ball of the inning. Shaheen Shah Afridi, who bowled the first over went for 14 runs in the over. Although he got the outside edge of Usman Khawaja two times in the over. But unfortunately both times it went for a four.

David Warner gets his first boundary of the outside edge in the 3rd over. After spending some time at the crease, David Warner, being himself, started to go after the bowlers. With some poor bowling from Pakistani bowlers and the approach of David Warner, Australia went off to a flier in the first hour of the first session. After an hour, Australia were 61 for no loss after 13 overs.

David Warner reached his half-century after the break in just 41 balls. Abdullah Shafique has dropped a relatively easy catch of Usman Khawaja off Aamer Jamal’s ball.

The openers completed a 100-run stand in no time in just the 20th over. Thanks to Warner’s attacking strokeplay. Khawaja played second fiddle to Warner and Australia went to the lunch with 117 runs and did not lose any wickets.

Day 1: Second Session

Pakistan stopped the run flow for a while at the start of the 2nd session. Shaheen even got the wicket of Usman Khawaja and broke a 126-run opening stand. Faheem Ashraf cuts short Marnus Labuschagne’s stay at the crease. It was a good passage of play for Pakistan at that time.

David Warner completes his 26th century in style

Steve Smith joins David Warner at the crease. The pair started to get some runs here and there. Smith started his inning with a few boundaries when Warner was nearing his 26th hundred in test cricket. Eventually, David Warner reached the milestone in just 125 balls. He has been under the pump in this format for a while. And he responds with an outstanding hundred under his belt.

Even after the hundred, the left-hander didn’t stop there and continued to go big. He was dropped by Shehzad in the 48th over. Australia were 210 for 2 after 2nd session.

Day 1: Third Session

A 79-run stand for the 3rd wicket was broken when Steve Smith edges the ball to the keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed. Khurram Shahzad picked up his first wicket in test cricket.

Travis Head joined the party and as expected, he also started playing some shots. The pair added 66 runs in a short time. In the meanwhile, David Warner reaches 150 after the drinks break.

Aamer Jamal also took his first test wicket as he got Travis Head in the 73rd over. He immediately got his 2nd wicket as well. And this time, it is David Warner who becomes the victim of a debutant. The left-hander scored 164 runs off just 211 balls with 16 fours and 4 sixes.

The two new batters, Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey see off the day. Australia finished on 346 for 5 after 84 overs. Aamer Jamal was the pick of the bowlers as he took two wickets.

The inexperience of the Pakistani bowlers was seen on day one. Also, they put down some chances to give a sniff to the Aussie batters. They will look to rectify those mistakes on day two of the first Australia vs Pakistan 2023 test.

The Highlight of the Day – David Warner

David Warner, who is playing the last test series in his career, becomes the highlight of the day. He was under the pump coming into this series. His old teammate and legendary pacer, Mitchell Johnson made some critical statements on David Warner. He questioned Warner’s place in this format, considering his recent performances. Johnson also talked about the Sandpaper Gate saga and made some hard statements regarding that.

In reply, Warner handled the situation with calm and said everyone has their opinion. Also, after he scored a hundred, Adam Gilchrist talked to him during the live broadcast. Warner said there is no better feeling to silence the critics than scoring runs on the board.

All in all, this is the summary of the day one of the first test. Australia right now are ahead in the game. Let’s see how day two unfolds. Australia will look to strengthen their position and look to score as many as they can. On the other hand, Pakistan will look for a better show with the ball on day two.

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1. How many test centuries David Warner has scored against Pakistan?

With this inning, Warner has now scored a total of 6 test centuries against Pakistan. It is the most centuries scored by David Warner against a particular opposition in tests.

2. Who scored the most test centuries for Australia till now?

Ricky Ponting, with 41 centuries is holding the most test centuries record for Australia. Followed by Ponting, Steve Smith and Steve Waugh have scored 32 centuries each for Australia.

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