Warner scores triple ton, Smith shatters 7,000 Test record as Pakistan suffer

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Australia's David Warner celebrates his 300 during their cricket test match against Pakistan in Adelaide. Photo: PTI

An irrepressible David Warner recorded a triple century on Saturday (November 30) in style with his unbeaten 335-not out off 418 balls while Steve Smith became the fastest man to score 7,000 Test runs as Australia declared its innings at 589/3 against Pakistan on day two of the second Test in Adelaide.

The Oval witnessed history when after nearly 88 years of Don Bradman’s record 299 not out was shattered by Warner’s 335 not out to register the highest Test score at the venue.

Australia’s hitman celebrated his triple ton with an iconic jump while forming a partnership of 47 runs with Matthew Wade.

Smith with his 36 runs off 64 balls broke a record that stood since 1946 after facing a rare failure in the first of the two-Test series at Brisbane.

He took a single off Muhammad Musa to reach 7,000 runs in his 126th innings, taking possession of a mark held for 73 years by English great Wally Hammond who reached the milestone in his 131st innings.

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Smith also moved past legendary countryman Don Bradman’s 6,996 Test runs to become Australia’s 11th highest scorer.

The home team resumed the day-night second Test at 302 for one with Warner on 166 and Marnus Labuschagne 126, with the pair putting on another 67 runs before Pakistan finally got a breakthrough.

Skipper Azhar Ali took the new ball and Shaheen Afridi clean-bowled Labuschagne as he attempted a drive, just as he and Warner appeared set for another long day at the crease.

The 25-year-old, who has come of age during the series, trudged back to the pavilion to a standing ovation after a classy 162, his second century in a row. Their marathon 361-run partnership was a record second-wicket stand for Australia against Pakistan and the highest ever in a pink-ball Test.

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Just minutes later, the explosive Warner completed only the second Test double century of his career. Playing in his 81st Test, he reached 200 off 260 balls with a single from Afridi, having clattered 23 fours along the way.

Pakistan thought they finally had Warner out on 226 when he was caught in the gully off debutant Musa, only for their heads to drop when it was called a no-ball.

Warner made them pay, passing his previous highest Test score of 253, set in Perth in 2015, with his eyes firmly set on a maiden triple century.

Pakistan have lost 13 consecutive Tests in Australia.

(With inputs from agencies)