David Warner slams fourth fastest century in Test cricket

David Warner slammed 13 fours and three sixes during his innings of 104 not out Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Perth: Jan 13, 2012

Australia s explosive batsman David Warner on Friday created history by smashing the fourth fastest century in Test cricket, off just 69 balls on the first day of the third Test against India at the WACA in Perth. The century is also the fastest by an opener in Test cricket.

The left-hander bettered West Indian Chris Gayle’s 70-ball century as he hit the 69th delivery of his inning from Vinay Kumar over the fence to register his second Test century.

Warner looked in command from the outset, cutting and pulling the bowlers to all corners of the park during his 80-ball unbeaten stay at the crease.

He was struck by a bouncer from Umesh Yadav on the ear when he was on 80, but that didn’t proved to be a deterrent for the New South Wales batsman as he struck 13 fours and three sixes to finish the day on an unbeaten 104.

En route to his century, the 25-year-old also became the third Australian after Adam Gilchrist and Jack Gregory to enter the list of top 10 fastest century makers in Test cricket.

Gilchrist scored a century off 57-balls to be placed second on the chart, after the legendary Vivian Richards of the West Indies, while Gregory brought his hundred in 67 balls.

Richards had scored a 56-ball ton against England during the second innings of the fifth Test match of the Wisden Trophy at Antigua in April 1986.

The two Indians on the list are Kapil Dev and Mohammad Azharuddin.

While Kapil scored his hundred off 74 balls against Sri Lanka at Kanpur in December 1986, Azhar smashed the South African bowlers at Kolkata during the second Test of the three-match series to raise his century in 75 balls.

Fastest centuries in Test cricket:

Batsman

Balls

Opposition

Venue

Year

V Richards (WI)

56

England

St John’s

1985-86

A Gilchrist (Aus)

57

England

Perth

2006-07

J Gregory (Aus)

67

South Africa

Johannesburg

1921-22

S Chanderpaul (WI)

69

Australia

Georgetown

2002-03

D Warner (Aus)

69

India

Perth

2011-12

C Gayle (WI)

70

Australia

Perth

2009-10

R Fredericks (WI)

71

Australia

Perth

1975-76

Majid Khan (Pak)

74

New Zealand

Karachi

1976-77

Kapil Dev (Ind)

74

Sri Lanka

Kanpur

1986-87

M Azharuddin (Ind)

74

South Africa

Calcutta

1996-97