Warner’s record 100 brightens drawn Test
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):
Opener David Warner stroked the fastest ever Test hundred at the Sydney Cricket Ground as the rain-ravaged third and final Test against West Indies predictably ended in a draw yesterday.
With the adverse weather having allowed just 68 deliveries on the second day and then forced the abandonment of the third and fourth days, the result of the game was never really in doubt, but Warner nonetheless put on a spectacle for the nearly 7,000 spectators who turned up.
The left-hander blasted his way to three figures off a mere 82 balls en route to an unbeaten 122 as Australia raced to 176 for two off just 38 overs in their first innings.
Fellow Australian Matthew Hayden previously held the record with an 84-ball hundred against Zimbabwe, 13 years ago.
Warner put on a hundred for the first wicket with Joe Burns who scored 26, and a further 54 for the second wicket with Mitchell Marsh who got 21, while left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican picked up both wickets to fall for 62 runs.
Denesh Ramdin had earlier converted his overnight 30 into 62 as West Indies, resuming on 248 for seven, were dismissed for 330.
Warrican finished on 21 not out as West Indies passed 300 for the first time in the series.
Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe (3-63) and off-spinner Nathan Lyon (3-120) picked up three wickets apiece while pacer James Pattinson ended with two for 76.
The Aussies had offered West Indies the chance to make a game of it. They proposed declaring their first innings without a run on the board in response to West Indies' overnight score of 248, allowing the visitors seven overs to make 121, and then attempting to chase down 370 off 70 overs for victory.
However, captain Jason Holder rejected the offer, allowing the game to peter out into a tame affair.
Adam Voges was adjudged Man of the Series for his 375 runs in two innings without being dismissed, while Warner copped the Man of the Match award for his record hundred.
WEST INDIES 1st innings
(overnight 248 for seven)
+D. Ramdin c Smith b O'Keefe 62
*J. Holder c Burns b O'Keefe 1
K. Roach c Burns b Lyon 15
J. Taylor c Lyon b O'Keefe 13
J. Warrican not out 21
Extras (b5, lb2, nb1) 8
TOTAL (all out, 112.1 overs) 330
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Hope), 2-104 (Bravo), 3-115 (Samuels), 4-131 (Blackwood), 5-158 (K Brathwaite), 6-159 (Holder), 7-246 (C Brathwaite), 8-296 (Ramdin), 9-300 (Roach), 10-330 (Taylor)
Bowling: Hazlewood 18-5-49-1, Pattinson 18-3-76-2 (nb1), Lyon 46-12-120-3, Marsh 4-1-15-0, O'Keefe 26.1-7-63-3,
AUSTRALIA 1st innings
D. Warner not out 122
J. Burns c Roach b Warrican 26
M. Marsh c Blackwood b Warrican 21
+P. Nevill not out 7
TOTAL (2 wkts decl, 38 overs) 176
Did not bat: U Khawaja, *S Smith, A Voges, S O'Keefe, J Pattinson, J Hazlewood, N Lyon.
Fall of wickets: 1-100 (Burns), 2-154 (Marsh)
Bowling: Taylor 4-0-27-0, Holder 4-1-15-0, Roach 4-0-29-0, Warrican 15-1-62-2, C Brathwaite 7-0-23-0, K Brathwaite 4-0-20-0.
Result: Match drawn.
Series: Australia win three-match series 2-0.
Man-of-the-Match: David Warner.
Man-of-the-Series: Adam Voges.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: C Gaffaney, I Gould; TV - M Erasmus.