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David Warner, a veteran Australian batsman, ended his Test century drought on Tuesday by smashing a double century against South Africa in the second game of the series. In Melbourne, Warner not only reached the century mark but also went on to reach the double digit mark in just 254 balls. The first batter, however, was forced to leave the game early due to injury following an exuberant celebration of the historic accomplishment.
Even before scoring 200 runs, Warner had been experiencing cramps. However, the way he marked the occasion appears to have made things worse. The first batter was also seen grabbing his thighs and going to the hospital. But eventually the southpaw was unable to continue and was forced to retire injured.
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Following a bad run of performances in the games longest format in 2022, David Warner entered the Test Match facing some rather harsh criticism, with some even questioning his place in the squad. To refute his detractors, he battered the Proteas bowlers mercilessly and struck a double century. 200 runs were scored off 256 balls in an inning that included 16 fours and 2 sixes.
David Warner created history in his 100th Test match by becoming just the second batter to ever smash a 200, following former England captain Joe Roots feat. In his 100th Test, he actually exceeded the three-figure milestone, becoming the second Australian (after Ricky Ponting) and 10th batter overall to do so. At 386/3 at the end of Day 2, Australia is in a strong position and has amassed a lead of 197 runs.
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