Australian opener David Warner on Saturday hit his maiden triple hundred in Test cricket at the Adelaide Oval during the ongoing 2nd Test vs Pakistan. Warner’s triple hundred is actually the 1st from an Australian since former captain Michael Clarke hit 329* vs India in January 2012.
In all matches, Warner’s triple is the first in Tests after Karun Nair’s 303* vs England in December 2016. It was also the first triple hundred by a left-hander after Kumar Sangakkara’s 319 vs Bangladesh in February 2014.
Warner’s score is now the highest individual score at the Adelaide Oval surpassing Don Bradman’s 299. Australia declared their innings just after Warner went past the highest Test scores of Don Bradman and Mark Taylor (334). Warner’s 335* is now the 2nd highest individual Test score by an Australian behind Matthew Hayden’s 380 vs Zimbabwe. Warner looked well set to break Hayden’s record and even Brian Lara’s 400 when Tim Paine declared the innings with the team total at 589/3.
Incidentally, this is only the 2nd triple-hundred in the history of Day-night Test matches after Azhar Ali’s 302* vs West Indies in Dubai, 2016. But Warner’s 335* is now the highest Test score in Day-night matches.
Warner’s 300 came off 389 balls making it the 4th fastest triple hundred ever in the history of Test cricket. India’s Virender Sehwag holds the record for the fastest triple hundred ever, having taken just 278 balls to the milestone vs South Africa in Chennai in 2007-08.
Fastest 300s in Test history:
Virender Sehwag – 278 balls vs South Africa. 2007-08
Matthew Hayden – 362 balls vs Zimbabwe, 2003-04
Virender Sehwag – 364 balls vs Pakistan, 2003-04