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Mar 1, 2014
David Warner brought up his seventh Test hundred in 104 balls in an exquisite combination of dazzling strokeplay and rock-solid determination.
Warner started off after lunch with two brilliant strokes off Kyle Abbott — a punch to the right of point and an improvised drive through the other side of the same fielder. He looked ominous when Alex Doolan interrupted proceedings by throwing his wicket away: he top-edged a skier off Vernon Philander that Dale Steyn ran to his right to catch comfortably.
Graeme Smith surprised everyone by replacing Abbott with Duminy instead of Steyn as soon as Doolan fell. Steyn came back later, and there was an appeal when Warner tried to pull him hard. The South Africans went up in unison, Dar said no, and Smith reviewed: the ball had merely grazed Warner’s thigh-pads.
Then Abbott bowled one short, and Warner placed the ball past fine-leg with an innocent-looking pull to bring up his seventh Test hundred. The air was punched underarm with the helmet in hand, and he set out in pursuit of more runs.
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