Despite not being able to beat the record, Warner still has time to achieve the feat.
On the second day of the day/night Adelaide Test, there was a moment when people thought that David Warner would beat a record. Back in 2004, Brian Lara set a record score of 400 runs during a Test match between Australia and England at St John’s Ground. To this day, that record stands firm. There were few who came close to beating it (Mahela Jayawardena and Matthew Hayden) but eventually fell short.
During the second day of the Adelaide Test, Warner was fending off a rugged and determined Pakistan bowling attack. Just as he was starting to warm up, Tim Paine, the Aussie skipper, declared the innings. Up until that point, Warner had 335 runs. He was satisfied, but one person wasn’t: Lara himself.
He even wished that the record he had held for so long finally be broken. ‘It was a great innings. I can see that Australia winning the match was the major thing and the weather was a big factor but I would have loved to have seen Australia go for it. Being here I would have loved to see it’, said Lara in an interview.
‘Even if they say "hey David, you have got 12 overs, see if you could do it by tea time" … it would have been great. But after passing Sir Donald Bradman I would have loved to see him race towards me’. Despite Warner not being able to beat the record, Lara believes that there is still time left for that to happen.
‘I still think Warner may have time to do it in his career. I know he is not a spring chicken but as soon as you get that 300 you know how to get 400. He may get another shot at it. He is a very attacking player and that is the sort of player who can always set you up for a win’.
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