New Delhi: Test cricket has once again witnessed magic. David Warner's 244* against the Kiwis on the first day of the second Test in Perth, saw him take the level of batting by another step higher.
Warner is considered amongst the most dangerous and brutal batsmen of modern day cricket and the innings in Perth was special in every sense. Former India legend Virender Sehwag and South Africa star AB de Villiers are said to be amongst the best attacking batsmen in the longest format.
Warner showed hunger, determination and the calmness to notch his third successive Test ton in the ongoing series against New Zealand. This innings by Warner ranks very high in Test cricket and he showed glimpses of Virender Sehwag who had appetite for big centuries on a single day.
Virender Sehwag's 195-run-knock against Australia in 2003-04 at the MCG is something fans will remember for a long time, and on Friday, David Warner set the spectators on a ride after killing New Zealand bowlers.
David Warner completed 4000 Test runs in his career and the left-handed batsman has taken over the baton from former Aussie legend Matthew Hayden, to shoulder the responsibility of Test cricket opening.
Warner's 244* that came in just 272 deliveries, highlighted a more positive and fast approach that modern day Test cricket has seen since the advent of T20s. Warner has taken the brutality up to another level in Tests and WACA looked like a paradise on Friday.
Once labelled as more of a T20 and ODI player, Warner with his 15th Test ton has shown he is a king in all three formats and plays the game in a same vein.
Warner has gone on to break many records on the way and on Saturday has the chance to get past Matthew Hayden's highest Test score of 380 and the world record too of former West Indies legend Brian Lara (400). Warner's adventure and style coule see him get to many milestones.
For now Warner deserves applause and a place amongst the top in Test cricket after bludgeoning Brendon McCullum's side.