David Warner has become just the seventh Australian and the second in 66 years to score centuries in three consecutive Test innings. Warner brought up his hat-trick of hundreds in the opening session on day three of the first Test against Pakistan, reaching three figures in 128 balls. Warner had earlier scored a 135 and 145 against South Africa which was Australia’s last test before this series.
Warner joins or now stands in the list of some of the greatest Australian players, the other Aussies who have achieved this milestone are; Adam Gilchrist, Sir Donald Bradman, Arthur Morris, Charlie Macartney, Jack Fingleton and Warren Bardsley. Justin Langer hit three consecutive centuries as an opener in 2001, but his streak was punctuated by an innings of 18 not out when batting at No.3. Fingleton achieved the feat against South Africa in 1936 before he made it four hundreds in a row when he scored an even 100 against England later that year.
The most recent Australian player to score three consecutive hundreds was Gilchrist, who posted scores of 113, 121 and 162 in Tests against Pakistan and New Zealand in early 2005.This record of Gilly came just months before his lean series against England in the 2005 Ashes where he averaged only 22.62 from 5 Tests.
Warner’s three consecutive hundreds is the 35th instance of a batsman achieving the feat, the most recent of which came earlier this year when Kumar Sangakkara scored 319, 105 and 147 in consecutive innings, Kumar Sangakara had already done it twice before, which makes it three in total most by any player.His countryman Aravinda De Silva is the only other batsman to do it more than once.
Australia’s Fingleton, South Africa’s Alan Melville and India’s Rahul Dravid all have posted centuries in four consecutive innings, while West Indies legend Everton Weekes holds the record with five straight hundreds in matches against England and India in 1948. Warner now would be looking to carry on his excellent form till the World Cup.