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David Warner: No Beer, only runs

David Warner continued his magnificent form in the first Test against South Africa but was unlucky to miss out on a century.

cricket Updated: Nov 04, 2016 10:45 IST
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David Warner averages 96 in Perth and his average against South Africa is 70.50.
David Warner averages 96 in Perth and his average against South Africa is 70.50.(REUTERS)

David Warner continued his magnificent form in the first Test against South Africa in Perth but he was unlucky to miss out on a century as Australia made a strong start in the first Test.

The dashing left-hander, attacked the likes of Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander brilliantly until he was undone by a good delivery from Steyn to depart for 97. At lunch on the second day, Australia had reached 181/4, still 61 runs behind South Africa’s 242.

Warner has been in tremendous during the 2015/16 season and it has come down to the one decision that he took in order to stay fit and focused.

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Prior to the 2015 series against West Indies, Warner took a decision to stop consuming alcohol. “I did think I had it in me to do it but it’s about the discipline. wanted to give myself the best opportunity because we have a lot of cricket to play and I’ve got to keep my body fresh and by doing that and by all means.”

Warner’s magnificent 2015/16

After leaving alcohol, Warner has enjoyed magnificent success. During the 2015 Test series against New Zealand, he smashed 253 in the Perth Test. In the 2016 Indian Premier League, Warner led from the front with 848 runs from 17 games as he led Sunrisers Hyderabad to their maiden title. In the ODI series against Sri Lanka, Warner became the first Australian batsman to score a century in Sri Lanka. During the series against South Africa which Australia lost 5-0, Warner was the only bright spot as he smashed 386 runs at an average of 77.20, with a high score of 173.

Heading into the Perth Test against South Africa, Warner had scored centuries against India, England and New Zealand at the WACA. He looked set to score his fourth century but just missed out. In five Tests at Perth, the left-hander has smashed 768 runs at an average of 96 with two fifties and three centuries.