Australia in their second Test, the Boxing Day Test, against South Africa have increased their grip on the proceedings on a super Sunny day at MCG. Opener David Warner has ended his century drought in his 100th Test. He has become the second batsman ever to score 200 in his 100th Test, after Joe Root. Steve Smith has put on 239-run stand with David Warner to help Australia sail past South Africa score and post a lead of 197 runs.
Earlier in the day, David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne continued their batting innings. Warner continued to go after South Africa bowlers and they have erred in line and length too. Marnus Labuschagne (14) got run-out and Steve Smith, joined David Warner. Both the experienced old-timers for Australia scored at a rapid pace to keep South Africa under pressure. Soon, David Warner completed his century in 144 balls.
Steve Smith took his time and paced his innings in his own amicable style and scored 50 off 108 balls. David Warner continued to smack South Africa bowlers and he started to cramp up due to the heat. Still, he continued to score quickly and kept ordering drinks to cope up with the heat. Steve Smith, on the other hand, looked solid to score another century but he missed it as he got out caught trying to upper cut. He scored 85 off 161 balls.
Soon, David Warner completed his 200 off 254 balls and walked off due to injury with score on 329/3. Cameron Green joined Travis Head but soon, Green had to be sent off due to injury he sustained facing a bouncer. Alex Carey (9) and Travis Head (48) are at the crease as Australia scored 386/3 by the end of the day. David Warner has become only the tenth batsman to score 100 in his 100th Test and second to score 200, after Joe Root. Australia are 197 runs ahead of South Africa and they might look to score quickly on Day 3 to push for South Africa batting collapse, in second innings.
Cameron Green demolished South Africa on Day 1. Read here.