'Final insult': David Warner somehow survives being bowled

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter

Pakistan could be forgiven for cursing the cricket gods at stumps of day two of the first Test against Australia, after three missed opportunities to dismiss opener David Warner.

Some 23 months since he last brought up triple figures in a Test, Warner leapt to the air in customary style and kissed his badge on Friday afternoon when he reached his 22nd Test ton.

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After he went to tea on 99no, Warner brought up his hundred off his 180th ball, turning Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah behind square on the leg side.

It was one of the highlights of a dominant day for Australia, as he and Joe Burns combined for a double-century stand in reply to Pakistan's 240.

But luck was on Warner’s side on several occasions, none more than a freakish moment with less than 10 minutes to play for the day.

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Warner was beaten by an Imran Khan delivery, seemingly clean bowled.

An audible ‘clack’ of leather on stump could be heard, but since the bails didn’t move, neither did Warner.

The New South Welshman was clearly amused by his stroke of luck, flashing a grin to his opponents as if to acknowledge his good fortune.

David Warner got lucky after an Imran Khan delivery glanced off his stumped, but didn't dislodge the bails. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)
David Warner got lucky after an Imran Khan delivery glanced off his stumped, but didn't dislodge the bails. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)

Fox Sports commentator Gerard Whately summed it up best.

“That's the final insult on a nightmare day for Pakistan,” Whately said, while Channel 7 counterpart James Brayshaw suggested Warner ought to buy a lottery ticket.

Australia firmly on top as Warner, Joe Burns dominate

Joe Burns struck 97 at the Gabba as Australia finished Friday's second day on 1-312, in reply to Pakistan's 240.

Marnus Labuschagne also joined the run-fest, unbeaten on 55 at the close.

Warner and Burns' 222-run stand was the team's biggest at the top since the same pair put on 237 against New Zealand in 2015 at the same venue.

In the time since, Australia have used no less than 13 opening combinations.

Friday's stand also more than doubled the runs for Australia from their opening stands in this year's five-Test Ashes series, where 18 was the best return.

In that series, Marcus Harris and Cameron Bancroft partnered Warner at the top, as all three struggled against the English quicks and seaming ball.

But back at home against a Pakistan attack struggling to make the ball move, Warner and Burns showed their prowess at the top.

Warner was dominant on the front foot. He punished Pakistan through the covers every time they overpitched and pulled with power as his innings went on.

In his first Test back on home soil since the ball-tampering affair, he scored more runs and faced more balls (265) than he did in the entire Ashes.