‘This changes history’: Warner bombshell
Australia has some big selection decisions to make after completing a 2-0 series thrashing of Pakistan.
Despite Australia winning both tests against Pakistan by more than an innings — Aussie selectors have been given plenty to think about heading into the First Test against New Zealand in Perth, beginning December 12.
Here are all the big talking points from Australia’s innings and 480-run victory at the Adelaide Oval.
‘I AM STAGGERED’: WARNER TRUTH REVEALED
Stunning new footage shows Aussie opener David Warner should have been one run short in his historic first inings score of 335.
The cricket world was divided when Aussie captain Tim Paine declared Australia’s innings with Warner stranded on 335. Some commentators wanted Warner to have a chance to chase the records set by Brian Lara (400) and Matthew Hayden (380) while others wanted Warner to pay legend Sir Donald Bradman the ultimate honour by finishing his innings on 334 not out.
Former Aussie captain Mark Taylor also reached 334 not out before declaring his innings overnight.
For all the criticism levelled at Paine and Warner, it turns out Warner’s innings actually did end on 334.
Fox Cricket on Monday night showed extraordinary vision of Warner failing to make his ground when strolling through for a single when on his way towards 300 runs on the second day of play.
The video footage shown on Fox Cricket’s Cricket 360 shows a leading edge off Warner’s blade trickled down towards the ropes at third man — only to pull up less than one metre short of the boundary.
David Warner’s foot never touches grass on the other side of the crease.Source:Supplied
The live broadcast then cut back to Warner reaching the non striker’s end where his front foot swings across the crease in the air before landing back down on the wrong side of the line.
The footage suggests the umpires should have called one short on Warner on the spot, in a move that would likely have seen Warner’s innings finish side by side with Bradman and Taylor.
Warner reached 335 when scoring a single from the final ball of the over when Paine called his troops in — it could instead be remembered as the moment Warner joined Bradman and Taylor in the 334-run club and all three of them shared the No. 10 overall highest score in the history of test cricket.
The footage was introduced by Cricket 360 host Gerard Whateley and it left Aussie cricket commentator Robert Craddock dumbfounded.
“I was on radio today and there are those in your camp, that he should have gone for 400 (runs),” Whateley said.
“And there are those in the camp that he shouldn’t have gone past 334.
David Warner swung and missed.Source:FOX SPORTS
“So we went back through what took place around Warner’s 250. I just want to remind you of this moment and see how this fits in with what we’ve been through with Warner.
“Here’s Warner. Oh. Oh. That’s one short. Warner made 334.”
Craddock said the footage could “change history”.
“I am staggered. Gee you’ve kept that quiet,” Craddock said.
“So he does share it (with Bradman and Taylor).
“A correction of the score. This will change history.
“I am staggered by that. Triple treat. Three on the one number. I can’t believe it.”
PINK BALL’S UNCERTAIN FUTURE
Marnus Labuschagne couldn’t get his hands on the pink ball at bat pad.Source:News Corp Australia
Cricket legends have hit out at the spectacle of the pink-ball, day-night test match concept after Australia thundered to a one-sided thumping over Pakistan.
Critics, including legends Brett Lee, Shane Warne, Michael Vaughan and Wasim Akram, have slammed the pink Kookaburra’s failure to give bowlers some movement to play with during the day sessions of the match.
Lee said he was concerned about the emphasis the ball placed on teams needing to bowl under lights to take wickets.
“Starc is bowling with a ball that isn’t conducive to fast bowling,” Lee told Fox Cricket.
“The pink ball, we hear it is going to swing around corners. It’s done absolutely nothing. I think it has been pretty ordinary.
“But when the (Australian) guys have had that pink ball in their hand, they’ve looked like a completely different outfit to what we saw with Pakistan and their attack.”
Vaughan said the pink ball had offered nothing to the quicks of either team during the day and questioned the pitch prepared for the test that allowed Australia to reach 3/589 declared.
“Absolutely no seam, no swing, there’s nothing,” Fox Cricket expert Michael Vaughan said.
Warne also said the pink Kookaburra failed to deliver the drama that the day-night test has given in recent years.
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“I think it’s the least I’ve seen the pink ball swing and seam for a Test match,” Warne said. “It’s only been last sort of half hour, 40 minutes under lights where it had done a fair bit. It normally does a bit more than that in the Test matches we’ve seen so far.”
Australia now has a perfect 6-0 record in day-night tests.
Pakistan great Akram said cricket officials need to do more research on the pink ball, because it still isn’t quite good enough for international cricket.
“Bowlers have realised nothing is going to happen,” Akram said on SEN Radio.
“It has appeared to me that it gets soft very quickly. It may be fun playing cricket at night, but they really have to work hard on this pink ball.
“It doesn’t stay hard enough for a long enough period. After 20-25 overs, especially during the day time, the seam gets soft and the ball gets soft. Hence the bouncer is not there (as an option).”
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