Adelaide: David Warner produced the biggest innings ever in the day-night Test cricket format and surpassed some of Don Bradman’s records before finishing unbeaten on 335 when Australia declared at 589-3 on day two against Pakistan.
The team’s decision to put the team above the individual left Warner in second spot on Australia’s all-time list of biggest test scorers, behind only Matt Hayden’s 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003.
Warner took a single to surpass 334, which was the great Bradman’s highest Test score.
Along the way, he shared a 361-run stand with Marnus Labuschagne (162), a record for Australia against Pakistan.
Skipper Tim Paine, made the decision to declare at 589-3 so that their pacers would at least get some over to destroy Pakistan’s top order before the dinner interval, the main break in the day-night format. And they succeeded as Pakistan lost its top order in a short span of time.
Warner, who missed the last southern summer while serving a 12-month ban and entered the series against Pakistan after a poor Ashes in England, beat Bradman’s record of 299 – set against South Africa in 1931-32 – for the highest test score at the Adelaide Oval.
Then he just kept going, and finally was called back into the pavilion with the 10th-highest score ever in a test match – Brian Lara’s 400 not out remains the record.
Warner’s innings lasted 418 balls and contained 39 fours and one six and, combined with his 154 in the first test against Pakistan last week, has no doubt cemented his place in the Australian team.
Former captain Steven Smith also became the fastest batsmen to pass 7,000 career runs in the history of test cricket.
Curated by Aditya Nayak