David Warner delays opening day proceedings after losing his baggy green minutes before anthems
About to run out onto the Gabba to play in his first Test match in almost two years, David Warner was missing perhaps what's most important.About to run out onto the Gabba to play in his first Test match in almost two years, David Warner was missing perhaps what's most important.
He admits Brian Lara’s all-time Test match record score of 400 was on his mind – but Australia opener David Warner insists he has no issues with skipper Tim Paine’s declaration on day two at the Adelaide Oval.
Paine closed the home side’s innings on 3-589 when David Warner was unbeaten on 335, having just surpassed the mark of 334 held jointly by Sir Donald Bradman and Mark Taylor.
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Speaking on Fox Sports after his record-breaking knock, Warner, who was stranded 45 runs behind former great Matthew Hayden’s highest score by an Australian, insisted he was not upset with Paine’s decision.
“No, I think I was more disappointed against New Zealand at the WACA (when he scored 253 in 2015),” Warner told Fox Sports.
“I felt there I could have gone on and done that (broken Lara’s record).
“Obviously it was a nice, fast outfield (at the WACA) but I’m just thrilled to put runs on the board back-to-back and being consistent.”
Asked if he new the declaration was coming, Warner revealed Paine was originally planning to call time on the first innings sooner.
“I knew it was 540 I think it was, but I had to keep on asking just to make sure that it was that,” Warner told Fox Sports.
“And they kept reiterating that to me but Wadey (Matthew Wade) kept on saying at the other end let’s not run too hard and run ourselves out.”
Asked if he had a number in mind after reaching triple figures, Warner admitted he was well aware of Lara’s all-time record: “Four hundred. If the boundary was a bit smaller straighter I might have taken them on a bit more.
“But I think 600 was the magic number for us and we tried to get there and we just fell 11 runs short.”
Australia vs Pakistan: Did David Warner really beat Don Bradman's record? .
Serious questions are being asked about the legitimacy of David Warner's record breaking score in Australia's first innings against Pakistan in Adelaide over the weekend. Warner recorded the highest ever score at Adelaide Oval, and surpassed Don Bradman's highest score by one run when captain Tim Paine declared with the opener on 335. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.