After winning the three-match Test series 2-0 and winning the toss in the inconsequential tie, the hosts found themselves in the driver’s seat against Pakistan at the end of day 1 of the third Test at Sydney.
Opener David Warner got his team off to a great start as he went on a rampage against the visiting bowlers. He kept sending the ball to the boundary on a regular basis and reached his fifty off only 42 balls. Warner was backed by Matt Renshaw well and allowed him to go for the kill. In the last over before lunch, Warner became the fifth batsman to reach his century in the first session of a Test.
Wahab Riaz had Warner caught behind by Sarfaraz Ahmed soon after lunch break. Wahab added one more to his tally when he had Usman Khawaja caught behind for 13. Renshaw reached his half century and with the company of skipper Steve Smith, he started a rampage against the bowlers. Smith had to go back for 24 and that didn’t stop Renshaw from continuing the attack.
Renshaw reached his maiden Test century when he took a single off Yasir Shah. He reached his 150 few overs later. At the end of the day’s play, Australia were 365-3 with Renshaw and Peter Handscomb batting on 167 and 40 respectively.
Some of the important stats from the day’s play:
1- This is Matt Renshaw’s maiden Test hundred.
2- Matt Renshaw is the second youngest batsman after Ravi Shastri to score a Test 100 against Pakistan.
3- Matt Renshaw (20 years) is the third youngest Australian opener after Archie Jackson and Phil Hughes to score a century.
4- This is David Warner’s third consecutive Test hundred at Sydney. Only Wally Hammond has more consecutive Test tons (4) at Sydney.
5- Renshaw is also the fourth youngest opener to score a Test 150. He is also the fifth youngest Aussie to do so.