Cricket

Warner salutes Hughes after ton

2014-12-09 07:04
David Warner (AP)

Adelaide - David Warner scored an emotional century and shared in a long mid-pitch hug with skipper Michael Clarke on the first day of the opening Test against India on Tuesday.

Warner raised his 10th Test ton off 106 balls with a single off leg-spinner Karn Sharma and raised both arms into the air in a salute to his fallen team-mate Phillip Hughes.

Warner, who had been positive from the outset of his innings at the Adelaide Oval, looked to the heavens and kissed his helmet upon reaching three figures.

He then embraced Clarke mid-pitch as both players reflected briefly on the tragic death of Hughes, who was struck by a bouncer playing in a domestic match late last month.

Both Warner and Clarke have been shattered by the death of their close friend and were given a rousing ovation by the crowd at the Adelaide Oval.

Warner was 131 not out as Australia reached 238 for two at tea, while Clarke was forced to retire hurt with back trouble.

Clarke, who has a history of back trouble, was on 60 when he called for the trainer after twisting while at the crease.

He trudged disconsolately from the field after treatment and retired hurt, making way for Steve Smith.

Clarke had to pass a fitness test on recurring hamstring problems to play in Adelaide and his departure was a big blow to the Australians, who were well on top of the Indian bowlers.

At the time of his retirement, Clarke had put on 118 runs with David Warner.

 

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