David Warner hits quickfire century for New South Wales to help Ashes hopes
David Warner did his bid for an Ashes place no harm with a century for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield.
Last Updated: 07/11/13 11:16am
Warner smashed 16 boundaries in an 87-ball knock of 104 to continue a fine run of domestic form that has improved his hopes of featuring in the first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane later this month.
He looked well set for a much bigger score but went for one big shot too many and was caught by international team-mate Peter Siddle off the bowling of Scott Boland.
The left-hander came into the game on the back of three centuries in the limited-overs Ryobi Cup, including a sensational 197 against Victoria in the elimination final.
Warner needed some big innings after a disappointing summer in England that saw him struggle for runs after being involved in a skirmish with Joe Root that earned him a suspension.
Steve Smith also shone for New South Wales, who were bowled out for 353, as he joined Warner in reaching three figures - his innings of 107 included 13 fours and two sixes.
But Australian spin bowling hope Fawad Ahmed had a bad day, taking only 1-91 off 21 costly overs to do little to aid his chances of a Test call.