Why Tim Paine declared Australian innings: The Australian skipper faced severe criticism for his decision to declare the innings.
During the second day of the second Test of the ongoing Pakistan’s tour of Australia in Adelaide, Australia opening batsman David Warner broke multiple records on the back of his maiden triple century.
Resuming batting at 166* overnight, Warner became the first batsman to cross the 300-run mark at the Adelaide Oval. With Warner scoring at a brisk strike rate of 80.14, he clearly challenged former West Indies captain Brian Lara’s highest Test score of 400*.
Apart from Warner going past Lara, fans had also anticipated him surpassing former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden’s 380 to become the highest-scoring Australian batsman in a Test innings.
While the southpaw did manage to go past former Australia captains in Sir Don Bradman (334) and Mark Taylor (334*), current Australia captain Tim Paine declaring the innings after the 127th over denied him of the aforementioned records.
Paine subsequently received severe criticism for a section of Warner’s fans who expected the 33-year old player to attempt the world record.
Why Tim Paine declared Australian innings with Warner at 335*
Speaking to Fox Sports after stumps, Warner admitted that he was aware of Bradman’s record while batting. Warner also disclosed the already discussed declaration time in the Australian dressing room. With Warner at 335* at the decided time, the team decision was put over an individual record by the hosts.
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“One hundred per cent I was aware of it [Bradman’s record]. You grow up knowing what those milestones are. They’re things you look at the history books and you say how did they get there? It’s a long time in the middle. I managed to go out there and do that. It takes an incredible amount of patience and I surprised myself.
“I knew it [the declaration point] was 5:40 [PM], I think it was but I had to keep asking,” Warner was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.