Big-hitting Warner sets sights on a whitewash
India 161 Australia 149-0
Saturday 14 January 2012
Australia opener David Warner believes India are already a beaten team after his blazing century capped a wholly dominant opening day of the third Test in Perth.
After Australia's all-pace attack rattled out the tourists for 161, Warner cemented his side's advantage by equalling the mark for the fourth fastest century in Test history.
The left-hander reached triple figures in 69 balls as Australia made it to the close on 149 without loss, just 12 runs in arrears, with Warner not out on 104.
The tourists are already 2-0 down in the four-Test series and, after smashing them to all parts of the Waca, Warner claimed it is only a matter of by how much his side win the series.
"In my mind I think they're bowled over already," said Warner. "We're 2-0 up in the series, hopefully we can put 400-500 runs on the board and bowl them out again. If we can take the series that will be fantastic – time will tell if we win 4-0 or 3-0."
Should India be whitewashed, it will be the second consecutive away series they have lost 4-0, after they went down by the same score in England last summer. And Warner claimed that with Sachin Tendulkar, 38, and Rahul Dravid, 39, at the tail-end of their careers, the future could become even more difficult for India.
"The challenge I see for them is that they need to find out how they can play outside of India," said Warner. "When Tendulkar leaves, and Dravid, and those types of blokes retire in a couple of years, where's Indian cricket going to be?
"They are going to have to find a way to work hard on green wickets. Time will tell if they can."
Warner sealed his century when he smashed debutant seamer Vinay Kumar over mid-on for six. His innings overshadowed an impressive display by Australia's pacemen. Ben Hilfenhaus took 4 for 43 while Peter Siddle claimed 3 for 42.
India's Virat Kohli was one of the few batsmen to shine for the tourists as he made a battling 44 before falling to Siddle just before tea.
"To Australia's credit they bowled in the right area and forced us to play shots," Kohli said.
"We lost wickets at important stages. But the series and this game is not over. They may lose a cluster of wickets tomorrow."
Fastest Test Tons
Viv Richards (West Indies)
56 balls v England, 1986, St John's
Adam Gilchrist (Aus)
57 balls v England, 2006, Perth
Jack Gregory (Aus)
67 balls v South Africa, 1921,Jo'burg
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI)
69 balls v Aus, 2003, Georgetown
David Warner (Aus)
69 balls v India, 2012, Perth
Chris Gayle (WI)
70 balls v Australia, 2010, Perth
Roy Fredericks (WI)
71 balls v Australia, 1975, Perth
Majid Khan (Pakistan)
74 balls v NZ, 1976, Karachi
Kapil Dev (India)
74 balls v Sri Lanka, 1986, Kanpur
Mohammad Azharuddin (Ind)
74 balls v South Africa, 1996, Kolkata
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