David Warner says his historic triple-century is extra special because it had come on the birthday of his great mate Phillip Hughes.
Warner made an unbeaten 335 in Australia’s only bat in their innings-and-48-run win against Pakistan in the second Test in Adelaide.
Warner’s triple-treat followed his 154 in the opening Test in Brisbane, leaving him with the barely believable series average of 489.
The left-hander was, unsurprisingly, awarded player of the series and player of the Adelaide Test.
Warner batted well into Saturday’s second day on November 30 – Hughes’ birthday – in making the second-highest Test score by an Australian.
Hughes died on November 27 five years ago, two days after being struck in the head while batting for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match against NSW in Sydney.
Warner stayed with Hughes as he was taken from the SCG on a stretcher and said his Adelaide knock was in honour of his fallen friend.
“For us, it is a bit of a memory and a reflection of our mate’s life coming here,” Warner said.
“And it (his triple-century) was on his birthday as well.”
Warner looked to the heavens on reaching his 300 milestone.
“It is always a difficult time for the guys that are really close to Phil,” Warner said.
“And it was just a little thankyou to him because he is always with us every time we come out here.
“I just look up to the skies to him every time I come here and play.”