David Warner Tone Responds to Review and Puts Australia

David Warner has silenced the critics and guaranteed his Test farewell will come in Sydney after posting a monster century against Pakistan in Perth.

Warner scored 164 off 211 balls to lead Australia to a dominant 346-5 on stumps in front of 15,671 fans at Optus Stadium on Thursday.

The 37-year-old needed just 125 balls to set up his 26th test ton, and after that he continued to pile on the pain in an innings of 16 fours and four sixes.

The blow resulted in Warner (8,631 runs) overtaking Matthew Hayden and Michael Clarke to fifth on the Australian all-test runs list.

Warner has announced he will retire at the end of the three test series, which will also see clashes in Melbourne and Sydney.

Given Warner has only had one test century since January 2020, there were big question marks over whether his form warranted him keeping his place until his nominated home finale at the SCG.

The veteran opener emphatically dispelled those doubts on Thursday, and his feelings flowed after he turned a century.

Warner unleashed his trademark leap into the air before putting the glove to his mouth and then pointing it at the venue’s media centre in a strong reaction to review from former test great Mitchell Johnson.

“It’s one of those things, there will be review, but you have to accept it,” Warner told Fox Cricket when asked about his unique celebration. “There’s no better way to silence them than to put races on the board. It feels great.”

Usman Khawaja (41), Marnus Labuschagne (16), Steve Smith (31) and Travis Head (40) could not continue in their post.

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