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David Warner's illustrious Test and ODI career in numbers

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Last updated on 02 Jan 2024 | 10:57 AM
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David Warner's illustrious Test and ODI career in numbers

Most runs as an Aussie opener in Tests, an ODI World Cup titan, and many more career highlights of David Warner

David Warner, the left-handed opener from Sydney, decided to call quits from the game's longest format before the start of the Pakistan series. On January 3 (Wednesday), the swashbuckling opener will play his final Test in front of his home fans in Sydney. 

However, earlier on January 1 (Monday), Warner announced his retirement from ODIs as well. But if required, he will be available for the 2025 Champions Trophy. 

In both formats of the game, Warner has been an excellent ambassador. With more than 8500 runs in Tests and close to 7000 runs in ODIs, Warner's name is up there alongside some Australian legends. Here are a few stats that are testimonials to his legendary status:


The most successful Australian opener

-With 8656 runs, Warner has the most runs as an Aussie opener. In the second Test against Pakistan on boxing day in Melbourne, he went Past Matthew Hayden's tally of 8625.

-Warner has 62 scores of over 50 (50s/100s - 36/26), the most by an Aussie opener in Tests. His 26 centuries are the second-most after Hayden (30). 

-The left-hander has seven scores of 150+ in Tests, the most by an Aussie opener. 

-In 2014, Warner smashed six centuries, the joint-most Test centuries in a year by an opener. The other three are Hayden in 2002, Michael Vaughan in 2002, and Graeme Smith in 2008. 

He loves to bat at home 

-Overall, the left-hander has scored 5336 runs at home, the second-most after Sir Alastair Cook (5941) in England. 

-Out of those 26 centuries scored by Warner, 20 have come in home conditions, the second-most for any opener at home. Hayden leads the list with 21. He could equal the record with one Test remaining or even go past Hayden if he scores two in two. 

-Warner averages 58.6 while playing at home. Among openers who have played 25+ innings at home, only Herbert Sutcliffe (64.6) has a higher average than Warner. 

-Warner's average differs by 25.6 from home to away* (away includes neutral conditions). Among batters who have played 50+ innings in both home and away conditions, only Pakistan's Mudassar Nazar had a higher average difference. 

Few other records in Tests

-Warner smashed a double century in his 100th Test against South Africa and became the second batter, only after Joe Root (218 vs India) to hit a double in the 100th. 

-Warner scored an unbeaten 244 against New Zealand on the opening day of the Perth Test in 2015, the joint-second-most runs scored by a batter on the first day of a Test match. 

-In 2014, Warner scored three centuries in three consecutive innings and repeated that in 2015 as well. In Tests, only Kumar Sangakkara has scored three or more centuries in successive innings more times (3). Sir Everton Weeks, Marnus Labuschagne, Arjuna Ranatunga, & and Sunil Gavaskar have achieved this feat multiple times (2). 

-Warner has hit centuries in both innings of a Test thrice, the joint-most by a batter. The other two batters are Gavaskar and Ponting. 

One Day Internationals

-Warner has hit 22 centuries in ODIs, the second-most after Ricky Ponting (29) for Australia. 

-In 2016, Warner scored 1388 runs at an average of 63.1, including seven 100s, the joint-second-most by any batter in a calendar year in ODIs. 

-Warner reached 4000 ODI runs in 93 innings, 5000 in 115, and 6000 in 139. He is the fastest Australian to all of these landmarks in ODIs. 

-He might have a poor record in India in the red-ball format, but he has been a prolific run scorer in the white-ball form. He is one among the three Australians to score 1000+ runs in India in ODIs. The other two are Ponting with 1736 runs and Michael Bevan with 1018 runs. The left-hander has hit four centuries, the joint second-most by an Australian. Only Ponting has more than Warner (5). Mark Waugh also has four centuries in India. 

-In the 157 innings Warner has opened in ODIs, only four times has he been dismissed for a duck, the join-second-least. He has suffered a duck only 2.5% of the time in his ODI career as an opener, the joint second-least for an opener who has played 150+ innings. 

-In ODIs, Warner has seven 150+ scores; only Rohit has more than him (8). 

A World Cup great

-In 29 WC innings, Warner has 1527 runs, the second-most by an Australian and third-most by an opener overall. 

-The opener from Sydney has six WC centuries to his name, the joint-second-most after Rohit Sharma (7). 

-For his 1527 runs, Warner averages 56.5 in WC. Among Australian batters with 15+ innings in the tournament, only Clarke averages better than Warner (63.4). 

-In those 29 innings, Warner has never suffered a duck. Only Sanath Jayasuriya (37) and Steve Waugh (30) have played more WC games without a duck. 

A Tribute special stat

Did you know? Warner is one of the two batters in cricket history to record a century in the 100th match in both Tests and ODIs - 200 in Tests against SA & and 124 against IND in ODIs). Gordon Greenidge is the other batter to achieve this record (149 in Tests against ENG & 102* against PAK).  

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