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29-Nov-2019 12:28:00 GMT
Aus vs Pak - 2nd Test, Adelaide, day 1

Warner, Labuschagne flay Pakistan with twin tons

Australia 1 for 302 (Warner 166*, Labuschagne 126*) v Pakistan

Adelaide: Explosive Australia opener David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne smacked second century in as many Tests Friday, exposing Pakistan's bowlers once again in a day-night clash in Adelaide.

Warner plundered 154 in the opening Test at Brisbane last week -- his first Test century since a year-long ban for ball-tampering -- and he maintained that rich vein of home form.

Under lights and against an attack that struggled to make the most of conditions, he brought up his 23rd Test ton off 156 balls with a single from spinner Yasir Shah.

Warner plundered 19 fours in a near faultless innings. It has been a big turnaround for the former Australian vice-captain, who managed just 95 runs in 10 innings during this year's Ashes series in England.

Ably supported by Labuschagne, who was not out 126. Labuschagne hits 17-four in his 205-ball knock. It was Labuschagne’s second ton of his Test career and that too in consecutive innings. Before this, the right-handed batsman registered 185 runs in the opening game and played a crucial role in guiding his side to victory by an innings and 65 runs.

Labuschagne came into bat at after opener Joe Burns was dismissed for mere four runs. However, he joined forces with Warner and brought the Aussie innings back on track.

Life changed for Labuschagne altogether when he replaced Steven Smith as a concussion substitute in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s. Since then, the Queensland-born cricketer hasn’t looked back and has owned the number three position in the longest format of the game.

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