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Warner smashes India as Australia dominate with bat and ball

David Lord Columnist

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    To put David Warner’s scintillating century at the WACA yesterday into perspective, it took just 69 deliveries. A strike rate of 146%.

    India’s best partnership was between VVS Laxman and Virat Kohli. Their 68-run stand took 155 deliveries. A strike rate of 44%.

    Same day, same track, same conditions – India all out a listless 161, Australia in reply an explosive 0-149.

    Little wonder Indian shoulders were slumped by stumps on the opening day of this third Test. Since Ed Cowan’s dismissal at the SCG in the second Test, the baggy green batsmen have amassed 1-770.

    Ricky Ponting the only man out for 134, Michael Clarke unbeaten on 329, Mike Hussey likewise on 150, so too Warner on 104 and Cowan on 40 with 13 sundries.

    Cowan was but a blip on the Australian run-scoring radar yesterday, Yet his 40 off 58 deliveries was no shabby performance, it was just not in the hunt with Warner teeing off so superbly in a chanceless knock that included 13 boundaries, and three massive sixes, on the big ground.

    The WACA has now produced four of the seven fastest Test centuries of all-time:

    * 56 deliveries – Sir Vivian Richards – West Indies against England at St Johns in 1986.

    * 57 – Adam Gilchrist – Australia against England at the WACA in 2007.

    * 67 – Jack Gregory – Australia against South Africa at Johannesburg in 1921.

    * 69 – Shivnarine Chanderpaul – West Indies against Australia at Georgetown in 2003.

    * 69 – David Warner at the WACA yesterday.

    * 70 – Chris Gayle – West Indies against Australia at the WACA in 2009.

    * 71 – Roy Fredericks – West Indies against Australia at the WACA in 1975.

    As well as both Warner and Cowan batted yesterday, the Australian pace attack continued as they have all summer, wreaking havoc.

    In the two Tests against New Zealand, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, and Mike Hussey between them captured 30 of the 40 wickets to fall.

    Offie Nathan Lyon the other 10.

    In the five innings so far against India, adding Ben Hilfenhaus and Ryan Harris to the list, and the quicks have taken 47 of the 50 wickets to fall.

    Lyon’s taken two, Clarke one.

    A totally dominating pace attack. There’s no better, nor effective, way to stay in command when the name of the game is to take 20 opposition wickets to win.

    Only two other eras come to mind.

    Expressmen Dennis Lillee, and Jeff Thomson, with the tangle-footed Max Walker, and the silky left-armer Gary Gilmour wrought their own pace havoc in the 70s.

    But in the same era offie Ashley Mallett, with leggies Terry Jenner, and Kerry O’Keeffe, took their fair share of wickets as well.

    The attack of the 1948 Invincibles to England would give the current pacemen a run for results.

    And what an attack – Ray Lindwall, Keith Miller, Bill Johnstone, Ernie Toshack, and Sam Loxton earned the pacemen 81 of the 89 England wickets to fall in the five-Test series.

    While offie Ian Johnson captured seven, and leggie Doug Ring one.

    The current crop will never reach Invincible status. But they are making the last two remaining Invincibles – Arthur Morris, and Neil Harvey – very proud of the cricket they are playing this summer.

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    • January 14th 2012 @ 11:11am
      Razza said | January 14th 2012 @ 11:11am | ! Report

      I mentioned in a previous blog about the Indians and their verbal shots at the Aussies and it still goes on in the thrird test, it looks like they don’t like being hit all over the paddock, see how they bought in their boring spinner at the end of day one, the fans want to see stumps cartwheeling out of the ground and the white pill flying through the air and into the stand or over it.

      David Warner has bought excitement into test matches and taken the yarn out of them this will get more fans to the test matches and maybe finish a test match one day earlier as the second test, this swashbuckling display by Waner has added a mix of one day / 20/20 and test to the game, maybe other player might follow and make a test more enjoyable.

      Finally, if the Idians don’t think they are good enough this time around, there is a plane waiting.

    • January 14th 2012 @ 12:23pm
      jamesb said | January 14th 2012 @ 12:23pm | ! Report

      maybe Warner likes playing on pitches that have a green tinged to it. Hobart and now Perth. Although Perth looks to be flattening.

      • January 15th 2012 @ 1:47am
        Walt said | January 15th 2012 @ 1:47am | ! Report

        Adelaide has become a batsman’s wicket over the last decade – we might see another big Warner knock there….

    • January 14th 2012 @ 5:10pm
      Backyard Basher said | January 14th 2012 @ 5:10pm | ! Report

      Maybe we should start comparing him to Bradman now.

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        January 15th 2012 @ 6:35am
        David Lord said | January 15th 2012 @ 6:35am | ! Report

        Bit bored are you Basher?

    • January 14th 2012 @ 10:44pm
      Matthew Skellett said | January 14th 2012 @ 10:44pm | ! Report

      I want to ask why is India ALLOWED TO HOLD THE REST OF THE CRICKETING WORLD TO RANSOM OVER THE DRS ISSUE ? Why is India ALLOWED to provide the bulk of the ICC’ s funding ? Is this just one big masonic rite mystery ? or is there some other ancient pact/agreement in all this ‘that must be honoured’ -it just sounds so silly but here we are being pushed around for no good reason at all and I for one am sick of kowtowing to a reality that makes no sense at all -who else is with me ? πŸ™‚

    • January 15th 2012 @ 1:46am
      Walt said | January 15th 2012 @ 1:46am | ! Report

      but here we are being pushed around for no good reason at all….

      Despite being a month late for a whinge like this Matty, I will remind you that “we” are about to go 3-0 up.

      • January 15th 2012 @ 12:34pm
        Matthew Skellett said | January 15th 2012 @ 12:34pm | ! Report

        Thanx Walt for the reminder but for the life of me why doesn’t anyone have the intestinal fortitude to give a comprehensible awnser to my questions ? :–) and be blessed πŸ™‚

    • January 15th 2012 @ 2:53am
      Johnno said | January 15th 2012 @ 2:53am | ! Report

      The cricket commentators many ex test players always ramble on at W.A.C.A test time once you get in it is the best test ground to bat on , coz the ball comes onto to the bat so nicely coz of the the extra bounce. I agree.

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