Can Warner finally break century drought?

    Warner is celebrating his 100th Test and for one pulsating hour took fans back to his snap-crackling zenith.The feet were moving sharply. The running between wickets was fearless and frantic. The shot making was firm and precise.Day two fact boxThe old Warner was replaced by the Warner of old.Clearly, Warner wants a century here badly. He is pumped for this match and is feeding off the 100th Test vibe.South Africa has often brought out the best in him. He has four centuries in 13th Tests against them and a whistling strike rate of 80 runs per 100 balls.His positive intent was evident in the way he took on Kagiso Rabada, his nemesis from the first Test, with two strong pull shots to the fence.Even when he left the ball Warner did so aggressively, occasionally sliding down on one knee to accentuate his actions.Warner will resume on 32 with Australia 1-45 against South Africa’s paltry 189 and will be the centre of attention until he gets out.Warner looks like a car which has just had a tune-up but older players can have these little bursts and the challenge for him is to reignite the fire on day two.South Africa’s world class bowling line-up is a threat under any conditions but they are perpetually under pressure because of the constant failings of their batsmen who scored their seventh consecutive sub-200 total.Their side resembles the West Indies team of two decades ago when the batsmen would disappear in a heartbeat and leave great fast men Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh to clean up their mess.When Ambrose surprisingly retired on 98 Tests in the year 2000 he privately told friends that the strain of having to try and launch a miracle recovery with the ball every match had taken its toll.Souths Africa’s outstanding attack may soon get to know this vibe – if they don’t know it already.Updates to story

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