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David Warner becomes only the fifth man in history to hit a century before lunch.

David Warner becomes only fifth batsman to hit a century before lunch

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David Warner became only the fifth batsman to hit a century before lunch as Australia took control over Pakistan in the opening day of their Test match.

Warner hit three figures from 78 balls in Sydney with the 30-year old, who was out for 113, becoming the first ever batsman to hit a century in the opening session of a Test whilst in Australia.

The knowledgeable Sydney crowd became aware of what they were on the brink of witnessing as they began to yell "Twoooooo!", as Warner whirred between the wickets to the first ball of the final over, before advising him to "Stayyyy!" rather than take on the arm and fall two runs short of his century.

The match saw fellow opener Matt Renshaw also score his first Test century, as he ended unbeaten on 167 to help Australia reach an impressive 365-3, whilst Warner hit 17 fours to reach his century four minutes before lunch, before falling to Wahab Riaz soon after the interval.

Warner follows in the footsteps of fellow Australians Victor Trumper, Charles Macartney, and Donald Bradman, who all achieved centuries before lunch against England away in 1902, 1926 and 1930 respectively.

Pakistan's Majid Khan is the other batsman to achieve the feat, who managed it against New Zealand in Karachi in 1976.

However, Warner is the first man to achieve the landmark in over 40 years.

The match against Pakistan was the fourth time in his career that Warner has made a Test century in fewer than 100 balls, and his third consecutive ton in Tests at the Sydney Cricket ground.

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Speaking about his achievements Warner said it was an a honour and privilege to be amongst the greats of the game.

"It's a honour and privilege to be amongst the greats of the game," he said.

"It wasn't something in the back of my mind to go out and score a 100 in a session. It was about going out there with intent and batting positive."

Where does Warner stack up with the all-time greats of the game? How long will we need to wait for the next century before lunch? Have YOUR say in the comments below.

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