David Warner dismissed for 57 in final Test match innings for Australia against Pakistan


The SCG crowd has been left shattered seeing David Warner dismissed for 57 in his last ever Test innings.

Warner had been living dangerously from ball one of his last dig, thrilling his home crowd with a daring innings before running out of lives when he was dismissed lbw on review.

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He had survived a number of chances and thought he got away with another one with Sajid Khan hit him on the back pad and umpire Richard Gough gave him not out.

But Pakistan skipper Shan Masood sent the decision upstairs to the DRS, which found the ball to be hitting the stumps, and Warner had to go.

He walked off to a standing ovation from the SCG crowd and was brought to tears speaking on the field after the game, which Australia won shortly after his dismissal.

David Warner walks off one last time. Credit: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

The left-handed veteran started his innings in typically confident fashion, racing to 16 from his first 16 deliveries, even cracking right-handed switch hit for four.

Warner lost opening partner and childhood mate Usman Khawaja in the opening over of the innings, before the retiring great had even faced a ball.

But he found an ally in Marnus Labuschagne, who paired with him for a 119-run stand before Warner was dismissed.

Warner was in an aggressive mood in his final knock, particularly to right-arm off-spinner Khan, who leaked runs before almost claiming the Australian’s wicket when he came down the wicket and skied a ball to extra cover, but survived when it fell safe, just out of Masood’s reach.

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David Warner was in full T20 mode in his final Test innings. Credit: Jason McCawley – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images

“You couldn’t have scripted it any better,” Simon Katich said when Warner was on 33.

“David Warner loves these fourth innings situations in Test matches; smaller target, goes out there, plays with intent, and his record against Pakistan is phenomenal. Over 1500 runs against Pakistan, averaging 75. It’s remarkable.”

He survived a nervy chance on 39 when an inside edge very nearly fell in the arms of Abdullah Shafique at short leg, but didn’t let that deter his daring innings, smashing a four through the covers just two balls later.

Warner reached 50 on the stroke of lunch and received a raucous reception by the Sydney crowd when he reached the milestone for the 37th time in his career.

“This is a glorious finale to a wonderful, swash-buckling, brilliant batting career in Test cricket,” Tim Lane said on Channel 7.

Katich added: “What an ovation he gets from the SCG faithful, in front of his home crowd and his family. His final test, he has turned it on.”

He went to lunch on 52 from just 61 deliveries before surviving an awfully close lbw shout from Pakistan just after the break when the DRS predicted just barely less than 50 per cent of the ball to be clipping the top of the stumps.

More than 50 per cent of the ball had to be hitting the stumps. Credit: 7NEWS

He continued to live dangerously thereafter, surviving yet another close call when he was almost stumped on 57 but made it back just an instant before Pakistan keeper Mohammed Rizwan whipped the bails off.

But he ran out of lives the very next ball when Masood’s review was a successful one.

He left the SCG to a standing ovation one last time and took a moment to acknowledge the crowd.

Steve Smith and Labuschagne finished the game off just minutes later to give Australia a 3-0 series win over Pakistan.

The week has been all about Warner, who announced his plans to retire after this Test some seven months ago.

He was joined by his three daughters for the national anthem on the pitch ahead of play on the opening day.

Before play began, Test teammates shared their favourite Warner memories in pre-recorded videos shown on the screens around the ground.

The veteran was forced to play the first two days of his final Test in a new baggy green after his two caps were believed to be stolen in transit from Melbourne to Sydney this week, but they were later found back at the airport.

Warner received a standing ovation and guard of honour from the Pakistan players when he and Usman Khawaja finally came out to bat for their first innings at the SCG just before 6pm on Wednesday.

He cracked the first ball for four in typical style, while also scoring two more with a shot into the leg side.

But he was almost bowled on the penultimate ball of the day when a Sajid Khan delivery bounced off his bat and over the stumps, just millimetres from the top of the bails.

– With AAP

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