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Warner ton lights up Sydney as Test ends in draw

Australia finishes on 172 for 2 in reply to West Indies' 330 in rain-affected match

Warner ton lights up Sydney as Test ends in draw - Cricket News
Australia secured the Frank Worrell Trophy 2-0, having won the first two Tests in Hobart and Melbourne.

David Warner brought up a quick hundred before the rain-hit third Test between Australia and West Indies ended in a draw on Thursday (January 8). 

Warner was unbeaten on a 103-ball 122 with Australia at 176 for 2 in reply to West Indies' 330 when Steven Smith called his batsmen in. The home side had already secured the Frank Worrell Trophy 2-0, having won the first two Tests in Hobart and Melbourne. 

Warner, whose highest score in the series before this was 64, attacked from the start of the innings, keen to entertain the small crowd that had been granted free entry to the Sydney Cricket Ground. One Jomel Warrican over went for 16 runs, including two sixes in three balls. With the first of those sixes, Warner reached his half-century in just 42 balls.    

He dominated the first-wicket stand of 100, contributing 74 to Joe Burns's 26. Burns was out soon after, attempting to hoist Warrican over mid-on only to be taken head-high by Kemar Roach.

Mitchell Marsh, promoted up the order for only his third bat of the series, added 54 to the score before he was caught at slip for 21. He was Warrican's fifth wicket of the series, making the spinner his side's leading wicket-taker over the three Tests. 


 

Warner, meanwhile, brought up his century – the 16th of his Test career and first against West Indies – off 82 balls, making it the fastest at SCG.  

Earlier in the day, play finally got under way under sunny skies after two days were completely washed out by rain. 

Resuming on 248 for 7, West Indies added 82 before it was dismissed. It was the visiting side's highest score of the series. 

Denesh Ramdin was the first wicket to fall for the day, having pushed his score to 62. Jerome Taylor and Warrican added 30 for the final wicket, before Steve O'Keefe brought an end to West Indies' innings just before lunch. 

O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon, the spinners, finished with three wickets each.  

Adam Voges, named Player of the Series for his 375 runs in two innings, became the first recipient of the Richie Benaud Medal.

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