David Warner’s knock of 119 from 115 balls put Australia well on the course for a big total in the second ODI match at Canberra on Tuesday. (SCORECARD)
A superb catch by Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson at cover was needed to dismiss the Aussie opener; a fitting dismissal for an excellent innings. Warner left the crease having helped his country post 213 on the scoreboard in 36.1 overs.
Warner’s 119 was not just phenomenal in helping Australia post a massive score against NZ, but it also cemented his name in the nation’s all-time scoring charts.
For starters, it was his 10th career century in one-day internationals which took him level with Matthew Hayden at fourth place in Australia’s all-time ODI century makers list. Warner managed his record in 85 innings while Hayden played 154 innings over his career. He now sits behind Ricky Ponting (29 centuries), Mark Waugh (18 centuries) and Adam Gilchrist (16 centuries) in the Aussie chart of highest career ODI centuries.
The ton against New Zealand was also a reflection of his excellent form in 2016. He has now scored three centuries in his last five innings, including his 173 off 136 balls against South Africa in October.
It was also his sixth century in 2016, more than he had ever scored in a single calendar year since making his ODI debut in January 2009.
He has now broken the Australian record for most ODI centuries in a calendar year which was previously shared by Ponting and Hayden. The Aussie greats had scored five centuries each in 2007 while Ponting had done so previously in 2003 as well.
David Warner also increased his stake in the game’s all-time record charts, rising to joint-third place for most calendar tons. He sits behind first-placed Sachin Tendulkar (nine centuries from 34 matches in 1998) and second-placed Sourav Ganguly (seven centuries from 32 matches in 2000). Astonishingly, Warner reached his six in just his 22nd match of the year.
While he did set the Australian record, he came very close to challenging Tendulkar for the overall record too. Twice this year, Warner was dismissed while batting in his 90s — he scored 93 against India in January and 98 against New Zealand in February.