David Warner was eventually dismissed for 55 off 27    Getty Images
David Warner was eventually dismissed for 55 off 27 Getty Images

David Warner played yet another historic innings in the second innings of the third Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) against Pakistan. This time he registered the fastest fifty by an Australian batsman and also the second fastest overall in Test cricket. He reached his half-century off just 23 balls, launching Yasir Shah over the long off fence. Warner fell just behind Misbah-ul-Haq, who scored a Test fifty off 21 deliveries against Australia in 2014. As far as the Australian record is concerned, Warner beat Bruce Yardley, who scored a 29-ball fifty against West Indies in 1978 at Barbados. Other than this, Warner has also scored fifties of 34 and 35 balls as well.

Warner, in the first innings, became only the fifth player in history to score a century inside the first session of the opening day of a Test. He joined the elite list that consisted players like Don Bradman, Charles Macartney, Majid Khan and Victor Trumper. Warner eventually finished with 113 off just 95 deliveries. This was Warner s 23rd fifty and he has 18 Test centuries to his name. He got Australia off to a brilliant start in the first innings of this Test against Pakistan, which enabled his side to go on and post 538 for 8.

List of fastest Test fifties:

Player Balls faced Team Against Venue Year
Misbah-ul-Haq 21 Pakistan Australia Abu Dhabi 2014-15
David Warner 23 Australia Pakistan Sydney 2016-17
Jacques Kallis 24 South Africa South Africa Cape Town 2004-05
Shane Shillingford 25 West Indies New Zealand Kingston 2014
Shahid Afridi 26 Pakistan India Bangalore 2004-05

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Warner has scored over 5,000 runs at an average close to 50 for Australia. He has a phenomenal limited-overs record as well. He averages over 43 in One-Day Internationals (ODI) and 28 in T20 Internationals (T20I). Warner made his international debut in January 2011 in a T20I, even before he played a single First-Class match.