David Warner has continued his demolition job on New Zealand's bowlers, re-writing the record books with another century at the MCG.
With his hundred in the third Chappell-Hadlee match today, Warner moved into equal second on the list of most one-day international centuries in a calendar year.
To make Warner's feat all the more impressive, he has done it in significantly less matches than the others on the list.
Report & Highlights: Australia v New Zealand at the MCG
Warner now has seven tons in 2016 – as well as two dismissals in the 90s – to draw level with the mark Sourav Ganguly set in 2000. Warner has achieved the feat in his 23rd one-dayer of the year, while Ganguly played 32.
Leading the way is Sachin Tendulkar's nine ODI tons set in 1998, when India's Little Master played 34 matches.
It is worthwhile to note that four of Tendulkar's centuries that year came in matches against Zimbabwe and Kenya, while Warner's have come against India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand. And given the same number of matches, in this type of form, it's reasonable to expect Warner would be soon surpassing Tendulkar's mark.
Warner also set a new record for runs scored in a Chappell-Hadlee series to erase Ricky Ponting's name for the record books.
It's the second successive match Warner has bettered a mark set by Ponting, after his Manuka Oval ton last Tuesday saw him move past Ponting and Matthew Hayden for the most ODI tons in a calendar year by an Australian.
Ponting's Chappell-Hadlee record of 241 runs was set in December 2007 – a prolific year for the former skipper, which saw him score five ODI tons. Two of them came in the Chappell-Hadlee series, scores of 107* and 134* in Adelaide and Hobart, with a washout at the SCG in between.
Warner scored just 24 in this current series' opening match in Sydney, but turned it on in Canberra for a superbly crafted 119.
"It's probably the format that I struggled at for a little while," Warner said in Canberra this week.
"Now, being able to be a little bit more consistent, understanding the game a little bit more I think the Test stuff really helped me a lot where I didn't have to go out there and belt the ball in the first 10 overs.
"I've really worked hard in the last 18 months to keep constructing an innings, I've managed to do that and it's actually working."
The ton in Melbourne was his 11th in one-day cricket, putting him outright fourth amongst Australians for the most centuries, overtaking Matthew Hayden (who scored 10 in 72 more matches).
However, the Australian record is one Ponting will not be relinquishing anytime soon. The former skipper scored 29 tons from 374 matches. Warner, in his 88th game, has plenty of time to chase it.
David Warner's ODI centuries in 2016
- 122 (113 balls) v India, SCG, January 23
- 109 (120) v South Africa, St Kitts, June 11
- 106 (126) v Sri Lanka, Pallekele, September 4
- 117 (107) v South Africa, Durban, October 5
- 173 (136) v South Africa, Cape Town, October 12
- 119 (115) v New Zealand, Canberra, December 6
- 156 (128) v New Zealand, MCG, December 9
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