David Warner’s ton for Australia could keep Test cricket alive
With so many worried over the future of Test cricket, the game needs players of David Warner's mindset to keep it interesting
There is no hiding place for India. Just 10 days after Michael Clarke had put a lacklustre touring side to the sword at the SCG, the Indians were humiliated once more.
If they thought it couldn’t get any worse, the first day of the third Test at Perth was possibly the most torrid day of Test-match cricket of their winter.
Faced with the notoriously bouncy WACA pitch, the star-studded Indian line-up succumbed to their eighth first-innings score under 250 in their last 12 Tests. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
To compound the bad start Australia’s openers, who have played six matches between them, slipped into T20 mode to almost wipe out India’s lead before the day was done.
The catalyst for such a surging innings was David Warner, the 25-year-old, who blazed the fastest ever century by an opening batsman. The hosts ended the day 12 runs behind with Warner 104 not out having faced just 80 balls. He had celebrated wildly after his 69th delivery, leaping for joy after clubbing a huge six over long on to bring up his ton.
Warner has made an electric start to his Test career. His maiden Test match ton came during the nail-biting second Test against New Zealand where he showed restraint and discipline. Warner carried his bat as he guided the Australian tail end to within seven runs of victory.
Known as a destructive one-day and T20 opener, many cast doubts over his ability to adapt to the longer form of the game. In fact, he has turned the theory on its head and could, change the face of Test cricket for the better.
With so many worried over the future of Test cricket the game needs players of Warner’s mindset to keep it interesting. Those with the ability to play knocks of Warner’s blistering variety do not come along very often. Jayasuriya, Gilchrist and Gayle are no longer around and Sehwag is coming to the end of his career. So Warner’s emergence as Test cricket’s latest swashbuckling batsman is vital.
He is the type of player that keeps casual fans interested. The more often he attacks the bowling the more people will view Test cricket as entertainment.
Unfortunately, as India found out, the opposition might not see it like that.