Ominous sign for Pakistan as Warner finds his groove again
After a forgettable Ashes outing this year, averaging only 9.5 on the England tour, David Warner has smashed a blazing century against Queensland in the ongoing Sheffield Shield.
The strike bowler, Cameron Gannon, from Queensland wreaked havoc on New South Wales (NSW) earlier by taking three scalps and also dismissed Steve Smith on a duck. Gannon kept bowling thunderbolts but Warner was equal to him and played in his typical swashbuckling style. His bombastic batting was clogged up in the Ashes as Stuart Broad got better of him on seven occasions.
His innings was bright and breezy as he struck 18 boundaries for NSW - which is a good sign for Australia as their openers failed terribly in the Ashes and left all the responsibility on Steve Smith and lower-middle order. However, Warner's return to form on his home soil sends out an early warning to Pakistan's touring party.
The century meant a lot to the fiery southpaw as he punched the air in ecstasy and went airborne in an animated celebration after thumping his 29th first-class century. “I know at home that I’ve got a great track record and you trust your game plan. That’s all you have to do as a cricketer.” Warner told AAP.
Warner was finally trapped LBW on 125 by a sizzling leg-break from Marnus Labuschagne that turned viciously from the off stump as he failed to cut it away.
Pakistan will travel to Australia next month and will be facing a stern challenge as Steve Smith and David Warner have bolstered the Australian batting resources; the former, in particular, helped recently in retaining the Ashes. The first test between Pakistan and Australia will be played on November 29 at the Gabba.