David Warner scored his third consecutive century during the first Test match against Pakistan    Getty Images
David Warner scored his third consecutive century during the first Test match against Pakistan Getty Images

Oct 24, 2014

Australian opener David Warner believes luck played a part in his matching illustrious countryman Don Bradman’s three consecutive Test hundreds, he said on Friday.

The 27-year-old left-hander smashed 133 for his ninth Test century, his third in as many innings following his 135 and 145 against South Africa in Cape Town in March this year.

That makes him the seventh Australian to score three in three innings, the last two of them the great Bradman (1948) and Adam Gilchrist (2005).

Warner said he was lucky to be equal Bradman’s feat.

“It comes with a lot of luck. I’ve had a couple of chances dropped in South Africa and here, if I was reviewed, I was out as well,” said Warner of the leg-before appeal off spinner Mohammad Hafeez on 83.

“That’s the game. Sometimes it’s in your favour. Sometimes you nick the first few in your next couple of innings. You have to keep riding that roller-coaster of being in form.

“It’s how you play. You’re going to have some luck.”

But despite his hundred, Australia fell for 303 in their first innings, conceding an invaluable 151-run lead to Pakistan’s first outing of 454.

By close on the third day, Pakistan had stretched their lead to 189, scoring 38 without loss in the second innings, a position which dismayed Warner.

“The way we batted is disappointing. Conditions are quite tough but we look at the run out (Alex Doolan). You shouldn’t be giving run out chances in Test match cricket,” said Warner of Doolan’s run out for five.

“We pride ourselves on our running and unfortunately Alex gets out. That happens in cricket and then we have an hour break and lose a couple of quick wickets but that’s what can happen in this game.”

Warner hoped Australia make runs hard to come by for Pakistan on Saturday.

“There’s a bit of turn there but it is turn that is outside the areas. The bowlers are going to have to pitch it out wide and it will be easy to sweep as a batsman rather than being defensive,” said Warner.

“It can go two ways, chasing a lot or get them out cheaply tomorrow. Cricket’s a fickle game and sometimes you get a good ball.”

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