David Warner got his 10th Test ton in emotional circumstances © Getty Images
David Warner got his 10th Test ton in emotional circumstances © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Dec 8, 2014

David Warner‘s century and Michael Clarke‘s fifty stole the limelight during the afternoon session on Day One of the first Test between India and Australia in Adelaide. Warner’s century has helped Australia move to a strong position of 238 for two at tea. Clarke had to retire hurt due to back trouble.

It was quite an emotional afternoon. All the focus was on Warner as he began the session in the 70s. He gradually worked his way into the 90s. Those graceful shots kept coming through the off-side. It was a century he truly deserved for having played so well in the aftermath of the tragedy that hit world cricket.

At the other end, Clarke too worked his way around with a few good runs. One could sense that he wasn’t completely fit. Clarke was not going on to the front-foot readily. As a result, he dealt with the short deliveries a lot better. Against the spinner, he used his feet well to place it around the ground.

Warner completed his century with a quiet single and the crowd applauded him in unison. The celebrations were largely muted, but he unleashed that trademark leap and had a long look at the skies. Clarke and Warner then shared a long embrace for it was an emotional moment for both. A little later, Clarke got his fifty and there weren’t any celebrations.

India hardly had a reason to smile during the afternoon. With the exception of Ishant Sharma, the others struggled and were picked for runs. Both Varun Aaron and Mohammed Shami were taken for runs as they were erratic. Karn Sharma was dealt with ease by the batsmen, though he did get a bit of turn on the odd occasion.

The only damage to Australia during the session was Clarke’s walk-out. While dealing with a short ball, he felt some pain in his back and called for the physio. He then hobbled off, looking in some pain.

Steven Smith walked out and introduced himself with a few good shots through the off-side. India have their work cut out ahead of the final session.

Brief scores:

Australia 238 for 2 (David Warner 131*, Michael Clarke 60 retd. hurt; Varun Aaron 1 for 76, Ishant Sharma 1 for 36) vs India.

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(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_45)