David Warner brought up his century off just 78 deliveries © Getty Images
David Warner brought up his century off just 78 deliveries © Getty Images

David Warner becomes only the fifth batsman overall and fourth Australian to score a hundred before lunch on Day One of the first Test. He achieved this feat during the third Test between Australia and Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Warner joins the elite list of Victor Trumper, Don Bradman, Charles Macartney and Majid Khan. Majid was the last batsman to score a ton before lunch on Day One of a Test. This the first time something like this has happened on Australian soil. While Trumper, Macartney and Bradman created this record in England, Majid – the last batsman to do so scored his ton in Pakistan in 1976.

When Bradman scored a hundred before lunch, he remained unbeaten on 105 and went on to score 334 against England. Trumper, Macartney and Majid finished with scores of 104, 151 and 112 respectively. Warner’s opening partner Matt Renshaw on the other hand managed to score just 25 from his 84 deliveries. Warner in this game raced to a fifty off just 42 balls and needed just 38 more deliveries to score his next fifty runs. This was Warner’s 18th ton in Tests and has also struck 22 half-centuries. He also made 144 in the previous Test at Melbourne.

Below is the list of batsmen, who have scored a hundred before lunch on Day 1 of a Test:

Players Runs before lunch Final score Team vs Venue Year
Victor Trumper 103* 104 Australia England Manchester 1902
Charles Macartney 112* 151 Australia England Leeds 1926
Don Bradman 105* 334 Australia England Leeds 1930
Majid Khan 108* 112 Pakistan New Zealand Karachi 1976-77
David Warner 100*  - Australia Pakistan Sydney 2016-17

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Earlier, Steven Smith had won the toss and elected to bat first. Australia have made a couple of changes to their side. They have handed a debut to all-rounder Hilton Cartwright and have also replaced Jackson Bird with left-arm orthodox spinner Steve O’Keefe. Pakistan too have a debutant. Sharjeel Khan makes it to the Test team. Pakistan have also roped in fast bowler Imran Khan in place of Sohail Khan.