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Warner continues golden streak with bat

AAP logoAAP 6/12/2016 Steve Zemek

David Warner has ascended into the upper echelon of the short form cricket greats following his match-winning century against New Zealand in Canberra.

Warner pounded 119 off 115 balls in the 116-run win in the second one-dayer at Manuka Oval, as the home side regained the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.

Statistics show the 30-year-old's one-day form in 2016 not only ranks him amongst the country's best ever, this calendar year has been amongst the best ever seen in world cricket.

"It's probably been the format I struggled at early in my career," Warner said about his growth in the 50-over format.

"The last 18 to 24 months, I've worked really hard on trying to construct my innings and build my innings.

"And not play too many big shots early.

"If the ball is there, I'm still going to go after it but I think that's what I put it down to - just trying to construct an innings and relay that Test attitude into the one-dayers."

Warner set the tempo with a knock that included 14 fours and one six as Australia posted 5-378 from their 50 overs and it took a brilliant, diving catch from Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson to dismiss him.

It was his sixth ODI ton of 2016, the most ever hit by an Australian batsman in a calendar year, passing the record previously held by Matt Hayden and Ricky Ponting (five apiece).

If he can notch another century in the third and final ODI against the Black Caps in Melbourne, he will draw level with Sourav Ganguly (seven) for second most on the all-time list.

Indian great Sachin Tendulkar holds the record with nine 50-over tons in 1998.

Warner has now plundered 1232 ODI runs from 22 matches this year at an average of 58.66. He sits in fifth on the list for most one-day runs by an Australian in a year and can move past Adam Gilchrist (1241) into fourth in Melbourne.

He also has another two 90s this year, he made 93 against India in Canberra, in January and 98 against New Zealand in Wellington, in February.

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