David Warner first Australian cricketer to score a hundred before lunch

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Cricket - Australia v Pakistan - Third Test cricket match - Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia - 3/1/17 Australia's David Warner celebrates after reaching his century. Reuters/David Gray

During the third Test against Pakistan on Tuesday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, David Warner became the first Australian to get a hundred before lunch on the first day. He made his way against Pakistan by garnering 100 off 78 balls.

The success of Warner brought Australia to 126 for at the interval of only 27 overs.

Australia’s opening batsman celebrated after his achievement. He went back to the field for a third run to complete his 18th Test. Warner said that he felt amazing after knowing that he smashed a hundred and that he was not aware about his stats until team doctor Peter Brukner told him.

"I only began to think about the hundred when I was on about 80 and there were 25 minutes to go before lunch. Basically, I thought I'd just keep working hard to get us into a great position. But with the adrenaline pumping, you ride the wave and getting to the hundred was the result,” Warner said.

Together with Warner was Matt Renshaw, who made sure that his partner gets most of the strike. At the start of the tournament, Steve Smith won the toss and was elected to bat first. Pakistan’s score actually went down 2-0 in Melbourne.

Warner now joins the ranks of the all-time greats since he is now known as the fifth player to score a century before lunch in the opening session of a Test. He is now by far the fastest by any player at the SCG. The record before was off 82 balls, which was still set by him during the game against West Indies on New Year’s Eve. This is now Warner's second quickest Test century. In 2011-12, he made a 69-ball effort against India at the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) Ground.

The cricket players who scored a hundred before lunch on day one are as follows:

  1. Victor Trumper v England, Manchester (1902) : 103 not out
  2. Charles Macartney v England, Leeds (1926) : 112no
  3. Don Bradman v England, Leeds (1930) : 105no
  4. Majid Khan v New Zealand, Karachi (1976) : 108no
  5. David Warner v Pakistan at SCG (2017) : 100no