Top ten performances by David Warner across all formats
David Warner is currently one of the deadliest opening batsmen in world cricket.
The hard-hitting southpaw is one of the most feared batsmen in all formats of the game today and has been the scourge of bowlers and a highly valuable player in the Australian team since his debut in international cricket in 2009. With his intrepid style of batting at the top of the order, Warner often reminds fans of another Australian batsman, the legendary Adam Gilchrist.
Although he was initially considered as a limited overs specialist, Warner’s aggressive style of batting made him immensely successful in Test cricket as well. That he maintains an average of 48 even while striking at a rate of 77 runs per 100 deliveries in Test cricket is remarkable.
Let us look at ten glorious performances by him across all formats.
#1 253 vs New Zealand (Perth 2015)
Much like Adam Gilchrist and Virender Sehwag, Warner did not confine his natural attacking instincts to limited overs cricket and adopted the same daredevil approach in Test cricket too. It is precisely why he is considered the most dangerous batsman in Test cricket today although there are more prolific run scorers than him.
Warner struck his career best 253 versus arch-rivals New Zealand at Perth in 2015. He made his runs at a strike rate of 88 which is considered a highly impressive one even in ODI cricket. While Usman Khawaja too made a sparkling century, it was Warner who stole the show with his dazzling stroke-play.
Although the Aussies piled up a mammoth 559 runs in their first innings, the Kiwis under the captaincy of Brendon McCullum were unfazed and even surpassed it thanks to Ross Taylor’s monumental 290. This was a high scoring encounter in which the batsmen from both sides made mincemeat of the bowlers and the match ended in a predictable draw.