Sydney, Australia:  Opening batsman David Warner hammered a century before lunch on the opening day of the third Test match against Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)

Warner’s  78 ball century which included 17 fours was a fitting reward for some pugnacious batting, he was applauded from the field by the Pakistan team having guided Australia to 126 without lost at the lunch break.

The left handed batsman playing at his home ground broke the record he set for the fastest Test century at the  SCG having taken 82 balls to reach that landmark against the West Indies last year.

Warner set the tone for the morning session when he struck Mohammed Amir for four off the second ball of the match and kept attacking the bowlers until he reached his eighteenth Test century.

He was the first man to score a century before lunch in a Test match in Australia and joined compatriots Victor Trumper, Charles Macartney and Sir Don Bradman along with Majid Khan of Pakistan in achieve this feat.

Warner innings ended when he was caught by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed bowling of left handed fast bowler Wahab Riaz for 113, he faced 95 balls and struck 17 fours. 

After his dismissal the wickets of Uman Khawaja  and captain Steve Smith quickly followed,  but Matt Renshaw watched from the other end while Warner performed his pyrotechnics,  the young opener who had  had compiled 25 runs from 84 balls .

Renshaw eventually scored his first Test century after play just four Test matches at the end of 62 overs Australia had reached 267 for three, Renshaw was unbeaten on 104 and Peter Hsndscomb 8 not out.

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