Sydney Test: Australia 224/2 at tea break

Doyle BarkerJan 04, 2017

Apparently there's still some shadows of the Melbourne weather lingering in the heads of the Australian cricket team, because they are not mucking around on day one of the third test against Pakistan in Sydney.

Warner's century was the first in the opening session of a test match on Australian soil but for his country's long-term cricketing future, Renshaw's initially more cautious knock was perhaps more important.

Captain Misbah-ul-Haq will play despite hinting at his retirement after Pakistan's capitulation on the final day of the second test at Melbourne to lose by an innings and 18 runs. "I always believed that if I couldn't contribute to the team then it's no point staying there".

Warner was eventually dismissed for 95-ball 113 shortly after lunch, but the damage had already been done by the explosive batsman, who will be keen on carrying his form in Australia's next Test series against India as well.

Warne's commentary that O'Keefe is better suited to white-ball cricket is not backed up by the figures, with the 32-year-old thriving in recent seasons to compile a first-class record of 218 wickets at 23.64.

Warner's pulverising assault on Pakistan's bowlers in the Third Test was followed by a maiden worldwide hundred by Matt Renshaw, his 20-year-old Yorkshire-born opening partner. "He talks about strategy and stuff like that and I've really used a lot of what he's said in those group discussions that he's had about how you try and get a batsman out".

"It feels awesome [to get to a hundred before lunch]", Warner said of the feat.

Warner also bettered his own record for the fastest test century at the SCG, having taken 82 balls to reach the milestone against West Indies here past year.

"I think we should take the blame as a batting unit, the pitch was very good".

Having notched his first Test hundred, the first of what I hope will be many, Renshaw first faced a barrage of criticism for the way he began building his innings from media and spectators alike, which in hindsight is terribly amusing.

"I only began to think about it (a century) when I was on about 80 and there were 25 minutes to go before lunch. I was four runs off the score so not so bad".

Australia's two batting titans, Warner and captain Steve Smith, were equal on 17 Test tons heading into the new year, but now the nation's deputy is one ahead of its leader.

Warner and Australia skipper Steve Smith (24) all fell to catches behind the wicket, the last a spectacular take by Sarfraz Ahmed off Yasir Shah.

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