David Warner has sent a timely reminder to Australian selectors with a superb 193 against South Africa A in Pretoria.
In a typical rocks or diamonds sort of innings, Warner savaged the bowlers as the tourists nearly reached 400 on the opening day.
Glenn Maxwell, who added an equally impressive 155 not out, was full of praise for his partner, saying, “It was good to bat with Dave Warner; he was taking a lot of the pressure off me by scoring pretty quickly.”
The pair were particularly brutal on the part-time bowlers, with the Victorian all-rounder notching his highest score in first-class cricket.
The attacking duo combined for 50 boundaries and two sixes before Warner was bowled on the final ball of the day.
Captain Aaron Finch declared early on the second morning with the score on 5/474.
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With paceman Pat Cummins being rested after his impressive showing against a Zimbabwean Select XI, Chadd Sayers was handed a rare opportunity with the new ball.
After dominating the Bupa Sheffield Shield last season, the Redback managed just one wicket on a deck that had become frighteningly flat.
Fawad Ahmed backed up his eight wicket effort in the first game with three scalps from his 42 overs.
Dean Elgar, who infamously made a pair on Test debut against the Aussies in Perth, responded with a formidable 268, before falling to Maxwell.
He combined with wicketkeeper Thami Tsolikile to put on 267 for the sixth wicket to ensure the match finished in a draw.
When the home side eventually declared (140 runs in front) the match was over.
Finch added to his first innings half-century with a masterful 88, while Alex Doolan chipped in with a handy 38.
However, it was Warner who would once again grab the headlines on the final day; this time for the wrong reasons.
A verbal stoush between he and Tsolekile forced the umpires to separate the pair.
Warner later laughed it off on Twitter, describing the incident as “friendly banter”. On the field, it would be the South African who had the last laugh, as he caught the NSW pocket rocket for 33.
The enigmatic batsman must be perilously close to a Test recall with the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford starting on Thursday.
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First Posted 28 July, 2013 2:34PM AEDT