During Australia’s practice session ahead of the first Test at Adelaide, David Warner broke down and looked completely out of sorts due to the effect the unfortunate demise of Phillip Hughes had caused on his and on each Australian’s mind.
But on December 9th, the first day of the first Test at Adelaide, Warner looked well in control and smashed 145 runs off 163 balls . This was Warner’s 10th Test century overall and 7th in his last 11 Test matches. Amazing that is!
During the post-day interview, an emotional Warner rated his 145 run innings the “best knock” of his career:
“Hopefully, I can score some more hundreds later on but this is definitely going to stick with me for the rest of my life. Throughout the innings I had this gut feeling that my little mate (Hughes) was with me at the other end, all the time from ball one.
“I know he will be laughing at other end about all the support and the messages he has received because he wouldn’t have believed the amount of support he has had not just in Australia but from all over the world.
“I thought of not celebrating my hundred, but then Hughes would have wanted me to, knowing him. Michael (Clarke) was at the other end with me and he said he would have been proud of me. Even he (Clarke) raised his bat when he was batting on 37 not out and I hope Michael can come out tomorrow and get the rest of his 40-odd runs.”
“There was a chance that I might not have played this Test. In the first net session on Friday, I was nowhere. Later I took some throwdowns because I couldn’t let emotion take over. It is just one of those times when you have to keep soldiering on. Before the game started, I found it quite hard but later regrouped and played with my instinct.
“Then I slowly gained back momentum and survived that a little bit. I just wanted to stay at the crease till lunch.”
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