Test opener David Warner has posted his 29th first-class century after bouncing back to form in NSW’s Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland at the Gabba.
The Blues were 4-157 shortly after lunch on day two, with Warner unbeaten on 100 off 179 balls and Nick Bertus on 31.
Warner endured a disastrous Ashes campaign in which he averaged a meagre 9.5 with the bat.
But his form in his first match since the Ashes will be a huge relief for national selectors.
His innings has featured 13 boundaries, and the 103-run partnership with Bertus has lifted NSW into a position of strength.
Queensland were rolled for 153 on Thursday, with only Marnus Labuschagne (69) putting up any real resistance.
NSW’s reply started disastrously, with Steve Smith posting a rare duck and Daniel Hughes (6) and Moises Henriques (0) also failing as the Blues crashed to 3-14.
Warner’s rescue mission came at a perfect time – not only for NSW but also himself as he attempts to hold onto his Test spot.
The 32-year-old became the first batsman in Test history to be dismissed for single figures eight times during one series during a disastrous Ashes campaign.
It was also the lowest return for an opener playing all 10 innings in a five-Test series.
But Warner’s big knock against Queensland looks certain to secure his spot for the start of Australia’s Test summer, which gets underway against Pakistan in Brisbane on November 21.