Bangladesh vs Australia: David Warner hits 20th Test ton in trying conditions

Healy put his weight behind Wade accounting for the difficult pitch he was up against

Healy put his weight behind Wade accounting for the difficult pitch he was up against

In an effort to get Warner to his hundred the young middle-order batsman was backing up a long way, he might have made his ground though had Shakib not hit the stumps with a rocket throw from square leg. With their innings almost nearing the end, Australia's aim will now be to restrict Bangladesh within a paltry score as they bat.

But Handscomb along with David Warner brought host's momentum to a grinding halt.

And while Handscomb's innings was impressive, Warner's was particularly notable for his restraint: at the close of play he had occupied the crease for 170 deliveries and had struck only four boundaries.

Warner and Smith made up for the early loss of Renshaw with a 93-run partnership, during which Smith surpassed his half-century. "Very special day and hopefully tomorrow they can kick on".

Warner, looking a tad nervous on 99, played the ball to square leg before thinking about a run.

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In the 16 years of its Test history, the Bangladesh has just three series victories - against Zimbabwe (twice in 2005 and 2014) and a second-string West Indies (2009) team affected by a player strike.

"Usually Warner doesn't bat in this manner and always likes to play shots, but today he was totally different and batted slowly", Bangladesh batsman Nasir Hossain said.

"Really gutsy", was the enthusiastic assessment of Australian coach Darren Lehmann.

"If he did it that way he probably couldn't bat as high", Lehmann said.

Towards the end of the day's play, Handscomb sat on the pitch unable to stand.

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When Agar had Shakib Al Hasan caught behind by Matthew Wade, the tourists were well on top but they were unable to build on that advantage.

Australia opener David Warner hit his 20th century as his team took a 72-run lead Wednesday by reaching 377-9 against Bangladesh on the rain-affected third day of the second test.

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These centuries will bolster Warner's reputation as a batsman who can make runs in toughest of conditions, and will also raise hopes of Australia's ultimate aim of winning a Test series in India when they travel for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2021.

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