Cricket commentator and writer Bharat Sunderesan the legend of David Warner has “continues to grow’ as his stellar record against Pakistan in Australia continues.
The Australian opener made 164 runs off 211 deliveries before being dismissed by debutant Aamer Jamal late in the day. This brought him up to his 26th test century and silenced his many critics.
Warners knock set Australia up comfortably heading into day two, with 5/346 on the board for the home team.
Bharat says Warner handled Pakistan’s wayward bowling well during the first session and powered through to make the ton.
“You look at that knock, break down the numbers and think it’s just another Pakistan attack, another flat pitch, but the beauty of David Warner is he does those things on tricky pitches where every other batter looks unsettled,” said Sunderesan.
“Nobody looked like they were completely in, except maybe Travis Head, and he goes and does that.
“When they [Pakistan] came back and realigned their approach, he got a little more disciplined, he adjusted his batting as well, and then powered through to make that hundred a big hundred.”
Pakistan got off to a less than ideal start on Day One, their first session in particular riddled with dropped catches, lacklustre misfields, and inconsistent bowling.
Openers Warner and Usman Khawaja took advantage, and went on to set a score of 126 before the latter was dismissed shortly after the lunch break. More wickets followed in the afternoon, with Australia five wickets down at stumps.
Sunderesan believes the inexperience of the Pakistan bowling line up had a role to play.
“Initially they just weren’t sure of their length, and they just weren’t patient enough,” he said.
“They would get a couple of balls in the right area, beat the outside edge, and then offer a short-pitched delivery wide of off stump to Usman Khawaja or a half volley to David Warner and they both punished them a lot.
“I felt for Shaheen Afridi, he’s the enforcer of the attack and the quickest of the bowlers, but he had to play the dual role of attacking and defending, he was 10 out of the first 26 overs.
“For Pakistan’s sake, I’m glad they came back strongly to an extent. They haven’t let Australia run completely over them.
Play on day one ended after 84 overs, six short of the allocated 90. Over rates have once again emerged as a discussion point following this.
Sunderesan has called it ‘pretty shameful’ for teams to bowl several overs short.
“The fact that Pakistan was just one over behind the over rate is pretty staggering, because that’s what the Pakistan team management came and said,” he said.
“The crowd always pays for six and a half hours of cricket, and not the number of overs, but I don’t think that’s how cricket works. I want to see all 90 overs if you’ve told me there will be 90 overs.
“There’s no point making it up later in the test match it’s not necessary that someone who’s brought a ticket for day one will come back on day three.
“It's not just financial penalties, even the WTC points don’t seem to matter. It’s pretty embarrassing the fact that they went into the tea break having just bowled over 50 overs with 40 more to go.”
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