Donald likens Warner to batting great

FINED for making ball-tampering allegations against South African keeper AB de Villiers, pugnacious Australian batsman David Warner responded with a century on day one of the final Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

The innings drew praise from Proteas bowling coach Allan Donald who likened the left-hander (pictured) to West Indian great Brian Lara.

"With the controversy that (preceded the Test) ... I thought the statement that he made today was pretty good," Donald said.

Warner's 135 helped Australia to 3-331 at stumps.

Skipper Michael Clarke ended his run of outs with an unbeaten 92, surviving a barrage from paceman Morne Morkel who hit the skipper five times on his arms, ribs and jaw.

The attack prompted Clarke's wife Kyly to tweet: "I guess there's cricket then there's Morne Morkel style cricket #brutal #understatement #attack #painful #courageous."



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