Adrenaline fuels great David Warner ton
AUSTRALIAN opener David Warner lived up to his "Matraville Mauler" nickname on day one of the first Test at the Adelaide Oval, scoring the most meaningful of his 10 Test hundreds.
In fact, Warner's abrasive 145 from just 163 deliveries, in Australia's overall score of 6-354 at stumps, was also one of the more memorable tons by any Australian in recent memory.
The pocket dynamo said his great mate and fallen Test star Phillip Hughes was with him the whole way, Hughes passing away after being struck by a bouncer two weeks ago.
Warner said he received an extra shot of adrenaline from the emotional pre-game tributes to Hughes, which were also well received by the impressive crowd of 25,619.
And it certainly showed - Warner hit seven boundaries inside the first 20 minutes as he blitzed the off-side field.
"It was quite tough, with the 63-second applause and getting through that national anthem," he told Channel Nine.
"I think that was where it probably set me off a little bit inside.
"Then coming out and playing the way I did, there was a lot of adrenaline there.
"I had to really bring it back after I got going. It was good in the end."
Warner, who was out in the middle with his New South Wales side when Hughes was hit while playing for South Australia, said this hundred was one he would never forget.
He rejoiced with a kiss on the helmet and jump into the air.
"I like to do a little celebration (upon reaching three figures), but that was definitely for him today," Warner said.
"He was there when I scored my first hundred - he was at the other end.
"Out of the 10 I've scored that's the best. I owe that to him. I know his family is going to be watching back home. It was an emotional week for all of us and he'll be proud of us today."
Despite the big score, not everything went Australia's way - captain Michael Clarke was forced to retire on 60.
He innocuously ducked an Ishant Sharma bouncer but awkwardly twisted his troublesome back in doing so. He looked in some pain afterwards out in the middle and later went for scans.
If he does not bat again this innings, India would be thrilled with the prolific Adelaide Oval run-scorer being out the way.
The visitors also took the late wickets of Mitchell Marsh (41), nightwatchman Nathan Lyon (three) and dangerous wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin for a duck, to get themselves back into the game.
No.5 batsman Steve Smith cruised to 72 not out on a belter of wicket.