David Warner of Australia gestures to the crowd after scoring his century.
David Warner of Australia gestures to the crowd after scoring his century. DAVID MOIR

How's that for openers? Tons for top-order duo

CRICKET: Queensland's Matthew Renshaw has scored his maiden Test century, backing up a record-breaking ton from David Warner as Australia piled more misery on a hapless Pakistan.

Renshaw took 201 balls to reach his century, but Warner got there much quicker, creating history by smashing the first hundred ever scored before lunch on day one of a Test in Australia.

Only four batsmen had ever brought up three figures in the first session on day one of a match.

Warner has joined the elite company of Sir Donald Bradman, Victor Trumper, Majid Khan and Charles Macartney.

Warner is the first to do it in more than 40 years.

His dazzling 100 off just 78 balls was the fastest century at the SCG and his third consecutive ton in Test matches at his beloved home ground.

The brilliant opener has scored a hundred in a session before, but never like this.

"It feels amazing. I wasn't aware of the stats - until 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 erupted in excitement as he brought up the rare milestone, holding both arms out before performing his customary leap to the heavens.

To put Warner's heroics in perspective, Renshaw had 25 at the lunch break after facing six more balls than his opening partner.

Warner rocketed past 50 after just 56 minutes, but 19 consecutive dot balls faced by Renshaw in the final half-hour of the session threatened his batting partner's place in history.

But there was no stopping Warner, who took his tally to 18 Test centuries - one more than captain Steve Smith.

Warner fell for 113 after lunch, but Renshaw continued to heap misery on Pakistan.

The 20-year-old, playing in his fourth Test, scored his maiden Test ton after copping a nasty short ball to the helmet on 91.

Once he went past his hundred, Renshaw became more expansive and was harsh on anything short on the off side.

Usman Khawaja was one of three catches for wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, the Aussie falling for 13 before skipper Steve Smith had a rare failure, dismissed for 24 to annother catch behind the wicket.

Renshaw finished the day 167 not out after combining with fellow rookie Peter Handscomb (40 not out) for a 121-run partnership as the Aussies closed a dominant day one on 3-365.

- with THE DAILY TELEGRAPH



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