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David Warner entertains the small crowd with the fastest century at the SCG as the third Test against the West Indies petered out into a draw.
Warner strode out to bat on Thursday afternoon with the poorest average of any Australian batsmen for the series and returned as man of the match and with the fastest century in Test history at the SCG.
Warner's 122 off 103 deliveries might have been the most insignificant century of his career, but with an important series on the horizon against New Zealand, it will matter very little to the burly left-hander.
"We've got to go over there [to New Zealand] and play with the same intent," Warner said. "We know swinging conditions are going to favour them a bit more ... but we've got to be on top of our game to beat them over there."
He and Burns combined for yet another 100 run stand – their fourth from nine attempts together – which has reaffirmed their successful bond at the top of the order.
"I like that left-right hand combination, I think it works great," Warner said. "We gel so well together out there. He complements the way I play and I complement him and the way he plays. You've got to work together as a partnership to get through those tough times. At the moment we're going very well."
Warner will now turn his attention to the one-dayers against India – the first of which is in Perth on Tuesday – but said he would be keeping one eye on his phone because wife Candice is expecting their second child this month.
There was plenty of debate about declarations in order to kick this dead rubber along, but none came to fruition.
In classic Warner style – as if to express his dismay and frustration in a match that never really took off because of inclement weather – he raced to eight runs from two deliveries; an all-run four through cover followed up by a booming cut shot.
He could have blunted a tired West Indies attack and batted sensibly to stumps. A rash shot had the potential to bring about more criticism, rightly or wrongly, of Warner.
Instead, it was an innings that typified the way Warner plays his cricket: with aggression, exuberance and an insatiable appetite – no matter the match situation – for runs, and plenty of them.
"We tried to go out there and be as positive as we could and we try and play with as much intent as we can," Warner said. "We tried to score some runs at a nice rate to give the fans something to watch."
His half century came from 42 balls – in the middle of a one-man attack on Jomel Warrican, who went for 16 runs in the over – and it wasn't until he was in his late 80s that Warner became more measured.
The West Indies began executing their skills better as Warner pushed towards his 16th Test century. It felt like they were suffocating him, but the 26 runs leading up to his century came from 27 balls and highlighted how effortlessly he manipulates the ball around.
Mark Taylor was the last Australian to score a hundred in a Test that had two consecutive days washed out because of rain, but his unbeaten 101 was in stark contrast to Warner's flashy knock.
It came from 227 balls, in comparison to Warner's century off 82, but both men were equally as deserving of man of the match honours.
In that game 26 years ago against Pakistan, Australia finished the match at 2/176 in their first innings – exactly the same score as Australia did on Thursday.
Warner's hundred was his 12th century at home and puts him ninth on the list of all-time century makers in Australia.