Warner opens up on Paine's declaration in Adelaide Test

Australia skipper’s declaration robbed opener of the chance to push for Brian Lara's world record of 400

Warner opens up on Paine's declaration in Adelaide Test PHOTO: AFP

Opener David Warner etched his name into cricket folklore with a majestic triple-century before Australian pace blasted through Pakistan's batsmen to put the hosts in complete control of the second Test at the end of day two on Saturday.

Australia skipper Tim Paine's declaration robbed Warner of the chance to push for Brian Lara's world record of 400, but the left-handed opener insisted that the record was never in his sight.

"I don't think (it was an opportunity missed) at all," Warner said. "We really looked at the weather that is around tomorrow. We wanted to give ourselves a lot of time. If there is a bit of rain about tomorrow the bowlers get a good rest, then you only have to get 14 wickets in the last day.”

"It wasn't a thing in our mind to go out there and try and get the records ... It was more about putting ourselves in a position to win the Test," he added.

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Warner joined exalted company after striding off unbeaten on 335, the 10th highest score in tests. Among Australians, only opener Matthew Hayden's 380 against Zimbabwe in Perth in 2003 sits higher in the records.

 Facing 418 balls in more than nine hours at the crease, Warner became the seventh Australian to reach triple figures and only the third to score more than 250 twice, joining former captains Don Bradman and Michael Clarke.

"At the moment I'm getting a little bit of luck, which is good," said Warner. "But it's just being disciplined. As I said yesterday, the last two weeks that I've played I've been very disciplined and I'm very happy with that."

The stocky 33-year-old pulled seamer Mohammad Abbas for four to reach the milestone, eclipsing Don Bradman's unbeaten 299 against South Africa in 1932, the previous highest score at the ground. All this, eight months after completing a year-long suspension for ball-tampering that scandalised a nation and saw the former vice captain banned from leadership roles for life.

Having brought the crowd to their feet with his 200th run earlier in the day, Warner bowed before another standing ovation, after bounding down the pitch roaring and leaping twice in the air.