Cricket: Warner blasts fastest SCG ton in West Indies Test draw

David Warner kisses his helmet in celebration after scoring a century against the West Indies.
David Warner kisses his helmet in celebration after scoring a century against the West Indies.PHOTO: REUTERS

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's David Warner lit up the final day of the rain-ruined third Test with the fastest Test century at the Sydney Cricket Ground as the match meandered to a draw against the West Indies on Thursday.

Man-of-the-match Warner, determined to finish an undistinguished series on a high, reached his 16th Test century off 82 balls before a small Sydney crowd in the last rites to a frustrating Test.

It eclipsed Matthew Hayden's 84-ball ton against Zimbabwe in 2003.

The buccaneering opener had a highest score of 64 in the two previous Tests as team-mates helped themselves to six centuries against the tourists' innocuous bowling attack.

Warner was hell-bent on rectifying that deficiency and attacked the bowling from the first ball to raise his maiden ton against the West Indies. When the match was called off at 4.50pm local time, Warner was unbeaten on 122 off 103 balls with Peter Nevill on seven and Australia 176 for two in reply to the West Indies' 330.

The match was destined to a draw after two days were washed out with only 86.2 overs possible before the anti-climatic fifth day.

Skipper Steve Smith revealed after play that he had offered to contrive a result through declarations, but said that his West Indies counterpart Jason Holder declined the offer.

"Unfortunately, they didn't come to the party," Smith said.

When play resumed the West Indies added 82 runs before being dismissed for 330.