HIGH BLOODY DRAMA at the MCG during the first day of the Boxing Day Ashes Test, with opener David Warner sensationally smashing a white hot century, but only after he was caught off a no ball while on 99.
With the Aussies in firm control over England, Warner looked to be cruising towards his century as he trickled through the nervous nineties.
But with his score on 99, and the capacity Day 1 crowd firmly behind him, disaster appeared to strike when Warner spooned a regulation catch to mid-on off the bowling of debutant Tom Curran, with the 22-year-old seemingly notching his first Test wicket on one of the sport’s biggest stages.
Replays, however, showed that Curran’s foot had slipped forward beyond the crease, rendering the delivery a no ball and allowing Warner an extremely lucky reprieve, much to the crowd’s delight.
One ball later, they were in fits of rapture.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 26, 2017
As good as the century ball looked on TV, it looked even better in the stands if social media is anything to go by.
Absolute bloody S C E N E S.
Warner was dismissed a short time later for 103, but not before he gave the debutant an absolute serve, as is tradition whenever Australia and England occupy the same field.
Welcome to Test Cricket, young man. It’s an absolute battlefield out there.Image: Getty Images / Ryan Pierse