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David Warner’s 26th Test Century Powers Australia in First Test Against Pakistan

Australian opener David Warner silenced critics with his 26th test century during the first test against Pakistan at the Perth Cricket Stadium. The 37-year-old cricketer’s performance was a key factor in Australia’s commanding position at the end of the day, with a score of 346-5 from 84 overs.

Warner’s impressive innings of 164 runs off 211 balls was the highlight of the day. His aggressive approach was evident from the start, as he took on Pakistan’s seam attack with confidence. Notably, he hit a six over fine leg against fast-bowler Shaheen Afridi during the first session.

Other notable contributions came from Usman Khawaja and Travis Head, who scored 41 and 40 runs respectively. However, it was Warner’s performance that stole the show. His century came with an uppercut against debutant seamer Aamer Jamal in the 43rd over.

Despite the scrutiny over his place in the test side and his expressed desire for a home farewell, Warner remained unfazed. In response to media attention, he stated, “Anyone who wants to write stories about me, get headlines that stuff doesn’t bother me.” He also described his century celebration gesture as “a nice little quiet shush,” emphasizing the importance of celebrating his success in his own way.

Warner’s innings showcased his determination and skill, as he surpassed former greats Matthew Hayden and Michael Clarke to become Australia’s fifth-highest test run scorer with 8651 runs. Despite a bit of luck, including a dropped catch and a missed stumping, Warner added three more sixes before eventually miscuing Jamal to Imam-ul-Haq at backward square.

Reflecting on his performance, Warner said, “I am getting older; it’s probably game-by-game now. If I fail next inning, there’ll probably be headlines, but it is what it is.” This statement reflects Warner’s understanding of the inevitable scrutiny that comes with the game and his readiness to face it.

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