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Warner smashes century as Sydney Test ends in draw

Warner smashes century as Sydney Test ends in draw
David Warner scored the fastest Test century at the Sydney Cricket Ground on the final day of the third Test against West Indies.
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West Indies 330 (Brathwaite 85) v
Australia 176-2 dec (Warner 122no)
Third Test, Sydney, day five
Match Drawn

David Warner scored an 82-ball century on the final day as Australia declared their innings after scoring 176 for two in their first innings with the third Test against West Indies in Sydney ending in an inevitable draw.

The result also means that Australia have retained the Frank Worrell Trophy after ending the series 2-0 with wins in Brisbane and Melbourne.

After losing almost three days to rain, the play was scheduled to begin on the final day at 11:45 local time under bright sunshine.

West Indies resumed their first innings at 248 for seven. Denesh Ramdin (62) looked in good nick as he hit James Pattinson (2-76) for a couple of boundaries in the 90th over.

Nathan Lyon (3-120) was introduced early in the day as he straightaway created trouble for Ramdin after the latter was rapped on the pads. Australia opted for a review after the on-field umpire turned down the appeal but the impact was outside off.

Ramdin reached his second successive fifty in the series off 139 deliveries.

After a 50-run stand with Kemar Roach (15), Ramdin departed after he edged one to the slips off Steve O'Keefe (3-63).

Immediately in the next over, Roach edged one to the short leg fielder off Nathan Lyon (3-120). West Indies were 300 for eight at that stage.

The 10th wicket stand between Jomel Warrican (21 not out) and Jerome Taylor (13) yielded 30 runs as West Indies were dismissed for 330 in 112.1 overs.

The spinners Lyon and O'Keefe picked three wickets apiece while Pattinson had two wickets to his name. 

Warner (122 not out) started the Australian first innings on an aggressive note, scoring seven boundaries in the first six overs.

Joe Burns (26) brought the 50-run opening stand in the 11th over with Warner contributing 40 of it.

Warner got struck into Warrican (2-62), smashing the left-arm-spinner for 16 runs in the 12th over to reach his fifty in just 42 deliveries.

Immediately on reaching the 100-run opening stand, Burns was caught at mid-on off Warrican.

Mitchell Marsh (21) was promoted at number three and there was a brief rain interruption as he made his way onto the middle.

Just at the stroke of tea, rain played spoilsport again marking an early finish to the second session. Australia scored 126 for one in 23.5 overs with Warner stranded on 90.

Four overs into the final session, Warner brought the fastest Test century at the Sydney Cricket Ground, reaching there there in just 82 deliveries.

However, Marsh failed to seize on the opportunity as he edged one to Jermaine Blackwood at first slip giving Warrican his second wicket.

Peter Nevill (7 not out) came at number four as he and Warner batted for six overs following which Australia declared their innings to end the third Test with a draw.

Australia claimed the series 2-0 after their wins in the first two games. Warner was awarded the man of the match.

The Richie Benaud medal which was introduced for the first time to be awarded to the player of the series went to Adam Voges. 

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