Explosive Australian opener David Warner has been in the prolific mood as the batsman has scored two centuries in both innings of Brisbane Test and a double hundred at W.A.C.A, Perth. Warner’s fitness coach Wayne Geber has revealed about the sacrifice that the explosive Australian opener had made in the last few years in order to transform himself into a successful batsman.
Warner’s brace at Gabba, Brisbane helped him to enter a three-member list. Warner is the third Test cricketer scored two centuries in each inning thrice in his career. Warner century double at Gabba was the 80th century double in Test cricket history.
Geber described Warner a Grade A athlete. He also said that the left-handed opener has attained the needed endurance which he had lacked earlier.
Geber further ushered praise on Warner, saying that the 29-year old was a sensational athlete and possess the required speed and power to compete with others.
Warner recently nominated his coach as the man who inspired him the most for Victoria Bitter’s ‘Earn a Place in the Australian Cricket Team campaign’, News.com.au reported.
Reflecting on his decision, Warner said that he would not have been able to achieve so much of success without the hard work and dedication of Geber.
The winner of the campaign will get their name featured on one of the Australian players’ shirts during the upcoming ODI series against India, starting from January 12 at the W.A.C.A.
Meanwhile, David Warner’s century double against New Zealand in Brisbane-163 in the first innings and 116 in the second – helped Australia beat NZ by 208 runs. His first innings score 163 came in 224 balls, comprised 19 boundaries and 1 six. The second innings was quicker than the first innings. He played 113 balls to score 116. His partnership with Joe Burns in both innings of the match has produced 161 and 237. In the Australia played just 42 overs and scored 264.
Warner’s century double at Gabba was the third time in his career. Before the Brisbane Test, he also did it against South Africa in Cape Town in 2013-14. He scored 135 and 145. The second time he scored two hundred in one match was against India in Adelaide in 2014-15 four-match Test series. His scored were 145 and 102.
Before Warner, only two other cricketers have done it thrice. Sunil Gavaskar of India had done century double against mighty West Indies twice- in 1970-71 in Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain and 1978-79 at Eden Gardens, Calcutta. His third century double came against Pakistan in 1978-79 at National Stadium in Karachi.
The second person who scored centuries in both innings was Warner’s predecessor Ricky Ponting. Like Gavaskar Ponting has scored two century in the same Test against one opponent-South Africa at Sydney and Durban. His first came against West Indies at Gabba, Brisbane. And all three came in the year 2005-06.
In international cricket 10 other cricketers have done century double twice in their career.