With an unbeaten 335, Warner not solely eclipsed that file however two different Bradman marks earlier than Australia’s declaration previous to dinner on the second day of the second Take a look at. First there was The Don’s second triple-hundred, his 304 in Leeds in 1934, after which his first, the well-known 334 at Headingley 4 years earlier. With Warner in air that turned much more rarified because the minutes handed, Michael Clarke’s 329 not out from Sydney in 2011 and Mark Taylor’s unbeaten 334 from Peshawar in 1998 additionally entered the rearview mirror earlier than Australia captain Tim Paine promptly known as Warner and Matthew Wade off at Three-589.
Solely the sixth Australian to attain 300 or extra in a Take a look at innings, the 33-year-old accelerated after marking the triple ton with an emotional celebration that included a look above, simply as he had 5 years earlier right here when he made twin lots of two weeks after the demise of Phillip Hughes, and a bow in direction of the Sir Donald Bradman Pavilion.
He supplied up a few extra bows as he walked off, surrounded by gamers, each Australian and Pakistani, and feted by 30,000-plus spectators, solely Matthew Hayden’s 380 now sitting above him on the all-time Australian listing.
Whereas the headlining Warner was applauded for milestone after milestone, Smith was for as soon as was relegated to a help act because the pair in unison for the primary time in a Take a look at match since their return from 12-month suspensions. There was heat recognition of Smith reaching 7000 Take a look at runs – he made it there sooner than anybody in historical past, Hammond, Sobers, the lot – moments after his not insignificant passing of Bradman’s tally of 6996. However this was Warner’s day to pursue Bradman and be lauded for it.
Resuming on 166, a second profession double hundred got here up shortly after his 361-run partnership with Marnus Labuschagne got here to an finish, the No.Three dropping his off stump to Pakistan’s lone challenger with the ball, Shaheen Afridi, on 162.
Smith caught round to witness Warner’s 250 however, as in Brisbane, left on 36 in a really un-Smith means, not less than for the batsman who has come to dominate Take a look at cricket over the previous 5 years. It was as if the cabin fever of being holed up within the dressing-room for greater than a day had taken its toll and he lashed out with a wild slog at Afridi after tea and was caught behind. It’s nonetheless early within the house Take a look at summer season however the reversal of roles between Smith and Warner for the reason that Ashes has been stark.
Warner, who was joined by Wade (38 not out) within the closing levels of his marathon innings, did have the fortune of one other reprieve through a no-ball on 226, with overstepping costing 19-year-old Musa Khan a prized maiden wicket in his first Take a look at, simply as fellow teenage debutant Naseem Shah had been denied the scalp of Warner’s as his first on the Gabba.
It was simply one other blow for Pakistan, whose leg-spinner Yasir Shah nearly had the undesirable distinction of being battered for greater than 200 runs in consecutive Take a look at innings after being feasted on by Warner on Saturday.
Afridi, 19, may maintain his head excessive, testing the batsmen repeatedly and amassing the one three Australian wickets to fall, however he was on his personal.