David Warner slams his 19th ODI century, completes 6,000 runs
Australian opener David Warner has slammed his 19th century in ODI cricket. The dashing batter reached the three-figure mark during the 3rd ODI against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Notably, Warner has scored his first international century in nearly three years. Overall, this is his 44th century in international cricket. Here are the key stats.
Warner attains these feats
Warner has equaled Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene and West Indies' Brian Lara in terms of ODI centuries. The Australian opener now has the joint-second-most international tons among active cricketers, with Root (44). Indian batter Virat Kohli tops this list with 71 international centuries. Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for scoring the most centuries across formats (100).
Warner finally ends his century drought!
As stated, it was Warner's first century across formats in nearly three years. Before this match, Warner last scored a century in January 2020 (128* against India in an ODI at Wankhede).
Fastest Australian to 6,000 ODI runs
Warner also completed 6,000 ODI runs, now the fastest Australian to this landmark in the format. He got to this milestone in his 139th innings, breaking the record of Australian legend Matthew Hayden (154). Overall, Warner is the joint-third-fastest to 6,000 ODI runs with New Zealand's Kane Williamson. The duo is only behind Hashim Amla (123) and Kohli (136).
A record-breaking partnership between Head and Warner
Warner was all guns blazing along with his opening partner Travis Head. The pair fetched a colossal 269-run stand for the opening wicket, now the highest opening partnership in ODIs at MCG, as per ESPNcricinfo (the previous highest was 225 between Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist against England, 2002). It is also the first double-century stand for the first wicket at this venue.
Two 250-plus runs partnerships in ODI cricket
Warner and Head have become just the second pair with two 250-plus runs partnerships in ODI cricket. Their first came in 2017 (284 vs Pakistan, Adelaide). Notably, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are the only other pair with this feat.