David Warner Surpasses Jack Hobbs, Graeme Smith And Virender Sehwag In This Elite List

Australian cricketer David Warner achieved a significant milestone during the fifth Test of the Ashes 2023 at The Oval in London. The explosive left-handed opener surpassed legendary English cricketer Jack Hobbs and former Indian opener Virender Sehwag in an elite list of batters involved in the most 100-run opening partnerships in Test cricket. This remarkable feat came as part of the 25th-century stand for Warner, who has been showcasing his prowess at the crease during the enthralling series.

In pursuit of a daunting target of 384 runs, David Warner and Usman Khawaja gave Australia a rollicking start in the fifth Test at The Oval. The duo’s commanding performance ensured that Australia stayed in the game while chasing the highest target set at The Oval.

Struggling in the ongoing Ashes 2023, David Warner found his form and struck a blistering half-century during the fifth Test. His partnership with Usman Khawaja yielded an impressive 135 runs before rain played spoilsport, causing a premature end to the penultimate day’s play. Warner’s confident batting and settled approach during the Ashes 2023 marked a significant improvement in his performance.

The unbeaten 135-run partnership between David Warner and Usman Khawaja is particularly noteworthy as it marks the first-century partnership for the opening wicket in the Ashes since 2017/18. The last century opening partnership in the Ashes, not involving Warner, took place between Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss in Melbourne in 2010/11.

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With his 25th-century stand, David Warner now holds the record for the most 100+ partnerships in Test cricket, surpassing Jack Hobbs, who previously held the record with 24-century stands. Former South African skipper Graeme Smith and England great Alastair Cook share the second spot on the list, also being involved in century stands 24 times. Michael Vaughan and Virender Sehwag also feature on the illustrious list.

  Player                  Team             Involved in 100+ stand-in Tests

David Warner          Australia            25

Jack Hobbs             England              24

Graeme Smith         South Africa       24

Alastair Cook           England              24

Michael Vaughan     England              23

Virender Sehwag     India                   23

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