Warner makes history as third Test is drawn


Opening batsman David Warner blasted a quick-fire century as Australia and West Indies played out a draw after the hosts declared at 176-2 late on day five of the third and final Test in Sydney on Thursday.

A stalemate was always likely after rain completely washed out days three and four without players taking to the field, having seen just 11.2 overs bowled on the second day.

And Australia batsman Warner managed to keep the fans in attendance entertained with the fastest Test century at the SCG in a man-of-the-match performance, after touring West Indies were dismissed for 330.

Warner brought up his ton off 82 deliveries, en route to an unbeaten 122 off 103 balls before captain Steve Smith called the batsmen in at the end of their brief first innings, forcing stumps early, as the Windies avoided a whitewash after the three-Test series finished 2-0 in Australia's favour.

The 29-year-old Warner hit 11 boundaries and two sixes for his 16th Test hundred.

Joe Burns (26) and Mitch Marsh (21) were the only Australian wickets two to fall, both dismissed by Windies spinner Jomel Warrican, who finished with figures of 2-62, while Peter Nevill finished on seven not out.

Earlier on Thursday, the Windies finally completed their innings after resuming at 248-7.

With virtually nothing on the line, West Indies came out swinging before spinners Stephen O'Keefe (3-63) and Nathan Lyon (3-120) cleaned up the tail end.

O'Keefe made the breakthrough on day five, his teasing delivery to Denesh Ramdin (62) caught by Smith at slips.

Lyon got in on the action when he sent Kemar Roach packing for 15, with the Windies 300-9, before O'Keefe wrapped up the innings after claiming the wicket of Jerome Taylor (13).