David Warner’s century silences critics as Australia takes dominant position over Pakistan.

David Warner has hushed the critics and virtually ensured that his Test farewell will extend to Sydney after scoring a massive century against Pakistan in Perth.

Warner made 164 runs off 211 balls, leading Australia to a commanding 346-5 at the end of the day’s play on Thursday in front of 15,671 fans at Optus Stadium.

The 37-year-old reached his 26th Test century in just 125 balls, and he continued to dominate the game with 16 fours and four sixes.

This knock allowed Warner to surpass Matthew Hayden and Michael Clarke, climbing to fifth place in Australia’s all-time Test runs list with a total of 8,631 runs.

Warner has already declared that he will retire at the conclusion of the ongoing three-Test series, which also includes matches in Melbourne and Sydney.

However, Warner’s form has been under scrutiny, as he had only managed to score one Test century since January 2020. This raised doubts about whether he deserved to retain his spot in the team until his final Test in Sydney.

But Warner emphatically dismissed those doubts on Thursday, displaying his emotions after reaching his century.

Warner executed his characteristic leap in the air before covering his mouth with his glove and directing it towards the media center at the venue, delivering a powerful response to the criticism led by former Test great Mitchell Johnson.

“Criticism is inevitable, but the best way to silence it is by scoring runs. It feels wonderful,” Warner expressed to Fox Cricket when asked about his unique celebration.

Usman Khawaja (41), Marnus Labuschagne (16), Steve Smith (31), and Travis Head (40) were not able to convert their starts into big scores.

Khawaja and Warner entered the match after facing different waves of controversy.

Warner’s place in the team became a subject of public debate following a scathing column by former Australian fast bowler Johnson, who argued that Warner did not deserve a grand farewell considering his recent poor form and involvement in the 2018 Sandpapergate scandal.

However, Warner, who was also labeled as an easy target by his former opening partner Ed Cowan, responded in a perfect manner by reaching his half-century in just 41 balls before going on to score a century.

Khawaja made headlines this week for writing “All lives are equal” and “Freedom is a human right” on his cricket shoes in solidarity with the growing humanitarian crisis in Palestine.

Unfortunately, Khawaja was not allowed to wear the shoes during the Test due to International Cricket Council rules. However, he wore a black armband at Optus Stadium and gave a heartfelt explanation of his stance.

Khawaja’s innings almost came to an end when he top-edged a ball high into the sky while on 21. However, Abdullah Shafique, who had the sun in his eyes, embarrassingly dropped the catch, allowing it to hit his chest and go for a boundary.

Khwaja’s innings eventually ended after lunch when he edged a fuller delivery from Shaheen Afridi.

Labuschagne was then dismissed lbw by Faheem Ashraf.

Warner was dropped on 104 when Khurram Shahzad failed to hold on to a catch above his head at mid-on. However, his luck ran out later in the day when his hook shot off Aamir Jamal (2-63) hit the toe of his bat and was caught by Imam ul-Haq in the deep.

Mitch Marsh (15 not out) and Alex Carey (14 not out), both local heroes, will resume batting on Friday.

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