Australian opener David Warner gifts gloves to young fan after final innings at MCG


David Warner has been praised for a classy gesture to a young fan after his final innings at the MCG came to an end on Thursday.

The veteran Australian opener was dismissed for just six on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test after chopping onto his stumps.

He received a standing ovation from the 40,000 in attendance as he farewelled the MCG for the last time.

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Warner will retire following the Sydney Test next week.

“What a player he’s been. Incredible career and a wonderful time here at the MCG. There’s appreciation for him from this crowd,” James Brayshaw said on Channel 7.

But a classy gesture from the 37-year-old almost went unnoticed.

As he walked down the tunnel, he nonchalantly gave his gloves to a lucky young fan.

Eagle-eyed fans praised Warner for the move.

David Warner gives his gloves to a young fan. Credit: Channel 7

“Legendary David Warner, gave his gloves to kid,” one fan tweeted.

“A beautiful gesture by giving the gloves to a young cricket fan,” another added.

“David Warner bids final farewell to the MCG and he gifted his gloves to the little fan. Lovely gesture from Warner,” a third said.

“David Warner gave his gloves to the young kids after playing his final knock at MCG A beautiful gesture!!!” another added.

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Meanwhile, Pakistan appear to have blown their best opportunity to win a Test in Australia for a generation after Mitch Marsh capitalised on an easy dropped catch to steer the hosts out of a historic collapse.

Marsh (96), along with Steve Smith (50), saw off Pakistan’s best in the Boxing Day Test, rescuing their team from 4-16 – Australia’s worst start to a Test innings at the MCG since 1911.

The pair put on a 153-run fifth-wicket stand to guide Australia to 6-187 at stumps on day three, a lead of 241.

It puts Australia in the box seat to go 2-0 up in the three-match series and salute for a 16th straight home Test against Pakistan.

But Smith was out to star Pakistan quick Shaheen Afridi (3-58) on the final ball of the day, leaving wicketkeeper Alex Carey (16 not out) to resume with Mitchell Starc on Friday.

Pakistan would have been in full control of the Test had opening batter Abdullah Shafique not put down a simple catch in the slips for the second time in three days.

After dropping Warner in the third over of the match on day one, Shafique spilled a golden opportunity to dismiss Marsh when Australia were on the ropes at 4-46.

Mitch Marsh (96) trudges off the MCG after missing out on a century. Credit: AAP

“This might be the difference between winning and losing this game,” Pakistan legend Waqar Younis said in commentary on Channel 7.

“Pakistan fought so, so hard through all of this match and that catch might cost them this match.”

Pakistan quicks Afridi and Mir Hamza (3-27) caused havoc either side of the lunch break to swing the match in the tourists’ favour.

Hamza was on a hat-trick after bowling Warner (6) and Travis Head (first-ball duck) in consecutive deliveries to leave Australia reeling at 4-16.

The devastating spell brought back memories of Pakistan’s heyday when the likes of Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram and Imran Khan terrorised batters with wily swing bowling.

Hamza refused to blame Shafique for putting down a catch that could have set up Pakistan’s first Test victory in Australia since 1995.

“Abdullah is one of the best fielders in Pakistan, and dropped catches is part of the game,” Hamza said.

The missed chance took the steam out of Pakistan’s unlikely charge as Marsh continued his sparkling form since being recalled to the team for the third Test of this year’s Ashes.

But in an extraordinary turn of events, Marsh (96) fell just short of his fourth Test century after Salman Ali Agha hung on to a spectacular diving catch in the slips.

“In this game, you hear a lot of people say you need a bit of luck sometimes,” Marsh said.

“(I had) a bit of luck being dropped (by Shafique) and I guess a bit of karma with a one-handed screamer to get me out, so this game has a funny way of evening things up.”

Smith battled his way to his first Test fifty since the Ashes from 176 balls, the second-slowest half-century of his glittering career.

Australia went to lunch at 2-6 after Usman Khawaja (0) and Marnus Labuschagne (4) both fell during a chaotic 15 minutes of play.

Australia were forced to bat for a tricky period before the break on Thursday after Pakistan were bowled out for 264.

Earlier, captain Pat Cummins took his 10th five-wicket haul in Tests to help end Pakistan’s innings.

Cummins, who swung the second Test in Australia’s favour late on day two, grabbed two wickets on Thursday morning to finish with figures of 5-48.

Pakistan’s notoriously brittle tail showed far more resistance than expected to push their overnight score from 6-194 in reply to Australia’s 318.

Cummins had tremendous support from spinner Nathan Lyon (4-73), who has the fifth-most Test scalps at the MCG and is showing sign of slowing down after entering the 500-wicket club during the first Test in Perth.

– With AAP


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