Australia’s David Warner has become the fifth batsman to hit a century before lunch on the opening day of a Test match.
The left-handed opener achieved the feat off 78 balls against Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
Warner smashed 17 fours to reach the milestone four minutes before the main break.
His rare accomplishment has been matched only by Victor Trumper, Charles Macartney, Don Bradman and Majid Khan.
It is the first time it has been achieved on Australian soil.
Batsmen who have scored centuries before lunch on day one of a Test match:
- David Warner (Australia) v Pakistan, Sydney, 2017
- Majid Khan (Pakistan) v New Zealand, Karachi, 1976
- Donald Bradman (Australia) v England, Leeds, 1930
- Charles Macartney (Australia) v England, Leeds, 1926
- Victor Trumper (Australia) v England, Manchester, 1902
Warner was out soon after lunch for 113.
It was the fourth time Warner has made a Test century in fewer than 100 balls, and his third consecutive ton in Sydney.
“It’s a great moment for Test cricket,” said commentator Bill Lawry on Australia’s Nine Network.
Warner is the first batsman to achieve the feat since Pakistan’s Majid Khan plundered New Zealand in Karachi in October 1976 and is the first ever to score a ton before lunch on any day of a Test match in Australia.
“It feels amazing (to reach the hundred before lunch), I wasn’t aware about the stats (the select group of players to achieve the feat on day one of a Test) – team doctor Peter Brukner told me after I came off.” Warner said.
“I only began to think about it (getting the hundred) when I was on about 80 and there were 25 minutes to go before lunch.
“Basically I thought I’d just keep working hard to get us into a great position.
“But with the adrenaline pumping you ride the wave and getting to the hundred was the result.”
Warner wasted no time in putting his stamp on 2017, sending his second, fourth and fifth ball to the boundary to automatically put Australia on the front foot and Pakistan firmly on the back.
The vice-captain dominated the opening partnership, contributing 44 from 28 balls as the first-wicket raced to 51 in the ninth over.
Renshaw at the same stage was a patient six from 21 deliveries.At lunch, Warner walked off with 100 runs from 78 balls and 17 fours next to his name.