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David Warner picks Indian batsman who can shatter Brian Lara’s longstanding Test record

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 1 December 2019, 18:48 IST
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Australian opener David Warner, on Saturday, knocked his first ever triple century, manoeuvring his way to the highest ever Test score at the Adelaide Oval.

During the most influential knock of his career, Warner got to the 300 run mark off just 389 deliveries in the day-night Test when he hit Mohammad Abbas for a boundary.

He is the first Australian cricketer to do so after Michael Clarke in 2012 against India, in what was a similarly big first innings score.

With West Indies legend Brian Lara in the crowd watching his score of 400 runs fall under risk, David Warner took advantage of every ball delivered by the visiting team. And there were a feast of wayward deliveries to choose from.

Following the second day’s play, the 33 year old was asked if it’s possible to go past the legendary milestone of the highest individual score created by Brian Lara against England in 2004. Warner replied, “Yeah, look, I think it’s about the person himself. We’ve got long boundaries; it is quite difficult at times. When fatigue sets in, it’s very hard to try hard and throw your hands at it,” Warner told Fox Sports.

“At the end, I tried to run two’s to lift the ante because I couldn’t actually think like I could clear the ropes.”

David Warner then named the Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma as the one who could break the record.“I think, one day, if I’ve to name a player, I reckon it could be Rohit Sharma. Definitely,” Warner said.

Rohit Sharma has mastered the limited overs cricket with three double hundreds in ODIs and four hundreds in T20Is. He had an ambivalant start to his Test career, which has found a second turn after his elevation from middle order to opening batsman.

During the three match Test series against Bangladesh, Rohit Sharma opened the innings for the first time and went on to score double hundred. He now has six hundreds and ten fifties from 53 innings in Test cricket.

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First published: 1 December 2019, 18:48 IST