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Ashes 2017: David Warner Joins Elite List With Century on Boxing Day

Swashbuckling Aussie opener David Warner added a fresh feather into his already illustrious cap as he slammed a century on the first day of the Boxing Day Ashes Test against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

Cricketnext Staff |December 26, 2017, 10:17 AM IST
Ashes 2017: David Warner Joins Elite List With Century on Boxing Day

New Delhi: Swashbuckling Aussie opener David Warner added a fresh feather into his already illustrious cap as he slammed a century on the first day of the Boxing Day Ashes Test against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

Warner slammed his 21st Test ton off just 130 deliveries and by doing so, the southpaw joined some of the game's elite in the list of fewest innings taken to 21 centuries as an opener. Warner stands behind only to legendary India opener Sunil Gavaskar and is tied with Matthew Hayden at second on this illustrious list -

Fewest Innings to 21 Tons as an Opener

97: Sunil Gavaskar

126: Matthew Hayden/ David Warner

130: Virender Sehwag

139: Graeme Smith/ Alastair Cook

182: Geofferey Boycott

During the course of his brilliant innings, Warner also raced away to 6,000 runs in the longest format of the game. And by doing so, Warner became tied-fourth fastest to cross the 6,000-run barrier in Test cricket for Australia.

Fewest innings to 6000 runs for Australia:

68: Don Bradman

125 Ricky Ponting

126 Matthew Hayden

129 Greg Chappell/ David Warner

However, Warner's ton wasn't flawless as he was dismissed by debutant Tom Curran while he was batting on 99. However, replays showed that the right-arm medium pacer had overstepped the line and Warner got another crack at scoring a century which he gleefully accepted.

Warner was finally dismissed by James Anderson for 103 and he became the English pacer's 100th Ashes scalp.

Most Wickets in Ashes for England:

128 Ian Botham

123 Bob Willis

109 Wifried Rhodes

106 Sydney Barnes

104 Alec Bedser

101 Bobby Peel

100* James Anderson

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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