Australia opener David Warner blasts fourth fastest century ever as India reach new low at Perth

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Australia opener David Warner blasts fourth fastest century ever as India reach new low at Perth

But few could have expected their efforts would be spectacularly overshadowed by Warner who finished the day unbeaten on 104 and, with Ed Cowan remaining alongside him on 40, ensured another forgettable day for India on foreign soil.

The tourists have struggled away from home in the past 12 months and, after being whitewashed in England last summer, already face the prospect of a seventh consecutive Test defeat on their travels.

The writing was on the wall early on as their top order again folded after Australia skipper Michael Clarke opted to immediately use his all-pace
attack after winning the toss. The WACA’s typical pace and bounce, as well as an easterly breeze across the ground, proved a perfect fit for the home bowlers and it was Ben Hilfenhaus who got the ball rolling removing the dangerous Virender Sehwag for a duck in the fourth over.

The Tasmanian right-armer produced a peach of an outswinger that Sehwag prodded forward at tentatively to get a thick edge to Ricky Ponting at
second slip.

India then lost Rahul Dravid, who turned 39 earlier this week, when he was bowled for the fourth time in his past five innings before Sachin Tendulkar, who had confidently stroked Siddle to the straight boundary for his first three scoring shots, played outside a Ryan Harris off-cutter to be trapped lbw.

India were then reduced to 63 for four just before lunch when Gautam Gambhir, who had battled hard for 31, edged Hilfenhaus through to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. The tourists were in desperate need of a long-overdue fighting stand and Virat Kohli and VVS Laxman provided it in a partnership of 68 for the fifth wicket.

The duo dug in impressively, blunting an enthused Australian attack, albeit at a slow rate as they added just 26 runs in 14 over after lunch. Their application looked set to be rewarded though by batting through the session but their tenacity was was matched by Siddle who, despite showing signs the hot conditions were affecting him, claimed both batsman in an impressive and tireless spell just before tea.

Kohli had been far more fluent than Laxman, flicking everything off his pads, before he was caught by David Warner at point for 44 after driving too far in front of his body. Laxman’s stoic resistance was then also ended in Siddle’s next over when he edged through to Clarke at first slip after making 31 from 86 balls. It set off another India collapse as a disinterested tail went down trying to hit out, but instead only conspired to meekly offer their wickets, as theylost their final six wickets for just 30 runs.

It was a poor end to the innings and it carried over into the bowling effort as Warner cut them apart with an onslaught of strokeplay. The iminutive left-hander greeted debutant Kumar with an effortless straight six in his first over and reached his half-century in 36 balls with a boundary to the point rope.

Where Australia’s all-out pace assault worked India’s decision to also employ four seamers – the first time they had done so since Sydney in 1992 –
quickly fell flat and Warner then bashed Ishant Sharma straight back over his head. The opener was briefly stopped when he was hit on the head by a Umesh Yadav bouncer but soon after he lifted Kumar over the ropes to bring up a remarkable century.

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