David Warner surpasses Don Bradman in history-making innings

Australia have put winning a Test ahead of a David Warner world record as they declared with him 335 not out against Pakistan and the score on 3-589.

Warner went past the great Don Bradman and Mark Taylor's top scores of 334 to sit second behind Matthew Hayden's 380 as the second highest-ever score by an Australian.

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Brian Lara's world record of 400 was also in sight, with the West Indies champion watching on at Adelaide Oval.

But Australia's captain Tim Paine opted to prioritise winning the Test and bowling with the pink ball at twilight as more important, with wet weather forecast for later in the match.

Pakistan then went to dinner at 1-3, with Mitchell Starc getting Imam-ul-Haq caught at gully, by Warner, for two.

Warner was sublime on Friday and Saturday as he formed part of a 361-run stand with fellow centurion Marnus Labuschagne (162).

David Warner became the first man in Test history to make a triple century in Adelaide. Pic: Getty

The left-hander crunched the ball through the covers whenever it was full and wide, and cut anything short outside off stump through point.

In perhaps the greatest sign of how often Pakistan failed to bowl full and straight, only 21 of his runs came past mid-off and mid-on.

Legspinner Yasir Shah copped the most tap with figures of 0-197, while Muhammad Musa (0-114) and Mohammad Abbas (0-100) also reached three figures.

Shaheen Shah Afridi was the only bowler to have any joy, taking all three of Australia's wickets.

But their poor bowling shouldn't take away from Warner's brilliance, who finished with the 10th-highest score in the 142-year history of Test cricket and the highest ever in Adelaide.

In the most dominant innings of his career, he finished with 39 boundaries and one six.

Eighty of his runs came off cover drives and he got more inventive as the innings went on, while he was still sprinting for quick singles and twos at the end of it.

He passed his previous best mark of 253 just before tea and looked to the sky as he reached 200 and 300 on what would have been Phillip Hughes' 31st birthday.

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Warner's triple century makes him just the seventh Aussie player to do so in Test cricket and the first since Michael Clarke in 2011.

The left-handed batsman also holds the illustrious honour of being the first man in Test cricket history to make a triple ton in Adelaide.

In doing so, Warner broke another of Bradman's record - the previous best of 299 that the legendary batsman scored in Adelaide against South Africa in 1932.

Warner only appeared to show signs of fatigue closer to the tea break, notably when he was caught at gully on 226 from a Musa no-ball.

Warner's tally for the international summer is now a ridiculous 776 runs at 388 after flying through the Twenty20 series and scoring a century in the first Test at the Gabba.

Australia teammates give David Warner a fitting send-off after his record innings. Pic: Getty

It comes in his first matches back at home for Australia since the ball-tampering scandal and subsequent 12-month ban.

Along with Labuschagne and Steve Smith (36), he helped the Aussies pile on 173 from 35 overs in the first session on Saturday.

He and Matthew Wade (38no) then put on another 114 in in 19 overs after the break, at a run a ball.

His stand with Labuschagne was a record for both the second wicket in Australia and any Australian partnership against Pakistan.

Labuschagne's dismissal was close to his only false shot as he drove hard in the first over against the second new ball.