Wonderful Warner makes ODI history


A stats breakdown of the Aussie vice-captain's record-breaking knock in the fifth ODI against South Africa

With his second hundred in eight days against South Africa, David Warner broke a 25-year-old Australian record for the most runs scored in a five-match bilateral series.

Warner, who made a remarkable 173 from 136 balls in Australia's 31-run defeat to the Proteas in the fifth ODI at Newlands, took his series tally to 386 runs – eclipsing the mark set by former opener Geoff Marsh, who made 349 in the Caribbean in February 1991.

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The vice-captain made scores of 40, 50, 117, 6 and today's 173 to set the new Australian record.

In a sign of the times, Warner's runs came at a strike-rate of 113.52, compared to Marsh's 68.29, with both batsmen posting two centuries and one half-century along the way.

The Australian benchmark is some way short of the overall record of 467, held by Zimbabwean Hamilton Masakadza, who set the record in October 2009 against Kenya.

Among two Test-playing nations, disgraced Pakistani Salman Butt's 451 runs against Bangladesh in April 2008 is the high watermark.

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