ICC Champions Trophy 2017
Warner breaks 27-year-old Australian record
Superstar opener races to 4000 ODI-run landmark, becoming equal-third fastest worldwide to achieve the feat
Martin Smith The Oval, London
6 June 2017, 03:15 AM AEST
Opener David Warner has become the fastest Australian and equal third-fastest man overall to score 4000 one-day international runs, matching India's skipper Virat Kohli.
Warner achieved the milestone when he reached 36 in Australia's ICC Champions Trophy clash against Bangladesh at The Oval today, during his 93rd ODI innings.
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The left-hander broke the Australian record of 102 innings set by Dean Jones 27 years ago and is behind only South African Hashim Amla (81 innings) and West Indian Viv Richards (88) on the all-time list.
The Australian is equal third-fastest alongside Kohli, who also achieved the feat in 93 innings, the pair ahead of West Indian great Gordon Greenidge and Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson (both 96 innings).
Warner's innings in London continues an incredible run of form in 50-over cricket in the past 18 months; since the start of 2016, he has scored more than 1800 runs at an average of almost 65, with nine centuries and four fifties.
The opener reached the 3000-run milestone just eighth months ago during Australia's tour of South Africa last October and has added another 1000 runs in just 12 innings since.
Underlining Warner's recent dominance of – and improvement in – the 50-over game, he was just the 20th fastest to 3000 runs (81 innings), equal-42nd fastest to 2000 (59 innings) and equal-56th fastest to 1000 (31 innings).
Having burst onto the scene in T20 cricket and adapting quickly to the Test format following his 2011 debut, Warner conceded last December he's only just come to terms with how to pace his innings in the 50-over game.
"I think first and foremost it's probably been the format I reckon I struggled at early in my career," he said.
"The last 18-24 months I've really worked hard on trying to construct my innings and build an innings and not play too many big shots early on.
"And just relay that Test match attitude into the one-dayers because you do get a few more balls in your area in one day stuff where you can actually play through that line."
Fastest to 4000 ODI runs
81 inns - Hashim Amla (SA)
88 inns - Viv Richards (WI)
93 inns - David Warner (Aus)
93 inns - Virat Kohli (Ind)
96 inns - Gordon Greenidge (WI)
96 inns - Kane Williamson (NZ)
100 inns - Brian Lara (WI)
Champions Trophy 2017 Guide
Squads: Every Champions Trophy nation
2 June – New Zealand v Australia, No Result
4 June – India v Pakistan, Edgbaston (D)
5 June – Australia v Bangladesh, The Oval (D/N)
6 June – England v New Zealand, Cardiff (D)
7 June – Pakistan v South Africa, Edgbaston (D/N)
8 June – India v Sri Lanka, The Oval (D)
9 June – New Zealand v Bangladesh, Cardiff (D)
10 June – England v Australia, Edgbaston (D)
11 June – India v South Africa, The Oval (D)
12 June – Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Cardiff (D)
14 June – First semi-final (A1 v B2), Cardiff (D)
15 June – Second semi-final (A2 v B1), Edgbaston (D)
18 June – Final, The Oval (D)
19 June – Reserve day (D)