New Delhi: The diminutive Australian opener David Warner proved his credentials once again on the first Day of the opening Test at Adelaide Oval against the visiting team India by hitting a big hundred.
The pocket-size dynamo quickly settled down on a batting track after Australian skipper Michael Clarke decided to bat first on wining the toss. In the third over of the match, the southpaw smashed three boundaries off Mohammed Shami and made his intentions clear.
Though, Warner lost his opening partner Chris Rogers in the 8th over, he kept scoring runs at a rapid pace and reached the fifty run-mark in mere 45 balls in style in the 15th over by hitting a boundary.
The 28-year-old lost another partner in the form of Shane Watson in 19th over, after which he found an able ally in skipper Clarke, with who he stitched a solid partnership of 118 runs for the third wicket, before the skipper got retired hurt due to his perennial back problem.
In the 37th over, Warner completed his hundred in a mere 106 balls, with the help of a single off Karn Sharma.
This was his tenth Test hundred and fifth in this calendar year.
But when the opener was looking set for a double ton, he danced down the wicket to launch the leggie, Sharma, for a six over long on but failed to clear the ropes and gave a high catch to Ishant Sharma at deep.
However, his swashbuckling knock of 145 runs off 163 balls, in which he hit 19 boundaries was certainly the highlight of the day, which helped Australia to reach 354 runs for six.