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David Warner becomes fastest Australian to 5000 ODI runs

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Australia opener David Warner on Tuesday, January 14, became the fastest man from his country to 5000 ODI runs, raising the landmark during the first one-day international against Virat Kohli’s India at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

The left-hander reached the milestone in his 115th innings, which makes him the third fastest man overall to the landmark, after South Africa’s Hashim Amla (101 innings), and Sir Vivian Richards and Kohli, who both took 114 innings each.

Warner is comfortably the fastest Australian to the mark, taking 13 innings fewer than the next best Dean Jones. Matthew Hayden, Michael Bevan and Ricky Ponting round out the top five.

Warner reached the mark with his 10th run on Tuesday, which arrived via a flicked four to the deep backward square leg fence off Jasprit Bumrah.

He went on to register a century – his 18th in ODIs – to put Australia in complete command of their modest chase of 256. Though he began slowly, with just six runs off the first 15 balls he faced, Warner picked up, beating Finch to the 50-run mark, off the 40th ball he faced. Warner also has the best 50-100 conversion in ODIs of any batsman in world cricket, with a 47.36% rate.

The record marks yet another achievement in a spectacular year for the opening batsman since returning from his year-long ban for ball-tampering. Warner marked his return to competitive cricket with 692 runs for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2019 Indian Premier League, the most in the competition. He followed it up with 647 runs at the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales, his first international tournament back from suspension, finishing it as the second-highest run-scorer, with one run less than India’s Rohit Sharma.

He had a woeful Ashes series, where he was repeatedly troubled by Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer against the moving red ball, coming back from it with 95 runs in ten innings. But he made amends when he restated his red-ball credentials with 154 in Australia’s home summer opener against Pakistan in Brisbane.

That was followed by an unbeaten 335 at his bastion, the Adelaide Oval, which made him Australia’s seventh Test triple centurion. He carried that form over to the New Year, making Australia’s first Test hundred of the new decade with 111* against New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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