Perth, Jan 13: Australian opener David Warner joined an elite group in Test history by slamming a 69-ball century against India during the third Test here on Friday at WACA ground.
[Scorecard: India vs Australia, Perth]
Warner remained unbeaten on 104 off 80 balls as Australia ended Day 1 at 149/0 in reply to India's 161. Warner's ton is the fastest by a Test opener.
The left-hander, playing only his fifth Test, notched up his second hundred in the five-day format. He played a swashbuckling innings that would have done any batsman proud. This was the joint fourth fastest ton in Test cricket. West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul had also achieved the feat in 69 balls against Australia in 2003 season.
The record belongs to the great Sir Vivian Richards, having blasted a ton in just 56 balls against England in 1986. The former Australian stumper Adam Gilchrist is second on the list with 57 balls in 2006 while the third in the famed group is the Late Jack Gregory (67 balls). Australian Gregory's innings had come very very long time ago, in 1921 against South Africa.
Interestingly, the four knocks in the top ten have come in Perth.
Top Five Fastest Hundreds in Tests (in terms of balls)
- 56 Vivian Richards (West Indies vs England)
- 57 Adam Gilchrist (Australia vs England)
- 67 Jack Gregory (Australia vs South Africa)
- 69 Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies vs Australia)
- 69 David Warner (Australia vs India)
- 70 Chris Gayle (West Indies vs Australia)