Monday 22 January 2018 / 05:37 AM


A heroic David Warner century in blistering Chittagong heat has carried Australia to a strong lead at stumps on a day three hampered by rain and bad light, which ensured only 54 overs were bowled.

After resuming on 2/225 in reply to Bangladesh’s first innings total of 305, the tourists reached 9/377 – although they will no doubt be lamenting their middle order’s inability to capitalise on Warner’s brilliant platform.

Peter Handscomb’s brave knock came to an end at 82, run out trying to sneak a single to bring up Warner’s hundred.

Warner defied the 46-degree heat and punishing humidity before finally succumbing to Mustafizur Rahman on 123.

In a decidedly un-Warner-like innings, he faced 234 balls and hit just seven boundaries – but few of his 20 Test tons have been as valuable.

Hilton Cartwright (18), Matthew Wade (8) and Glenn Maxwell (38) and Ashton Agar (22) all departed in the space of 14 overs, while Pat Cummins (4) became Mehidy Hasan Miraz’s third victim when he was trapped lbw in the second-last over of the day.

Steve O’Keefe (8*) and Nathan Lyon (0*) will attempt to extend Australia’s lead with a last-wicket stand on Thursday, with a deteriorating pitch setting up a fascinating final two days in the series decider.

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