Iron man Warner shows the way for Aussies

David Warner celebrates a century against Bangladesh which, while slow, may prove his most vital. (AAP)

David Warner became just the sixth Australian to score back-to-back Test centuries in Asia with his ton against Bangladesh in Chittagong.

David Warner's six-hour stand in stifling-hot Chittagong is unlikely to feature prominently on his action-packed highlight reel.

But the Australian vice-captain's 123 in the second Test against Bangladesh could go down as one of his greatest centuries considering the adversity he battled through to reach it.

The left-hander spent 362 minutes at the crease, faced 234 balls and scored just seven boundaries in an immense effort across two days of blazing heat and humidity.

On Wednesday he became just the sixth Australian player to score back-to-back Test hundreds in Asia - a remarkable achievement considering his previous struggles on the subcontinent.

His knock paved the way for Australia to claim a solid first-innings lead of 72 runs at 9-377 at stumps on day three.

Warner combined for 152 runs with Peter Handscomb, who was left reeling by the heat and forced to undergo treatment as the pair slogged it out before stumps on Tuesday.

"It was really, really hard to run between wickets," Warner said.

"You couldn't really suck in the oxygen, and the fluids we were trying to get into us you literally felt like you were going to bring that back up.

"That's what we train for. That time off helped us a lot to gain some momentum and miles in the legs to prepare us for not just here but the upcoming summer.

"We talk about having some things in the bank and that's what we did. It's paid off so far."

Warner famously blitzed his way to a ton against India off just 69 balls at the WACA in 2012.

In Chittagong, he curbed his aggressive instincts and faced 209 deliveries before raising his bat on Wednesday, having been aided earlier by a dropped catch and a bungled stumping.

The slowest Test century of Warner's career by far came to an end when paceman Mustafizur Rahman had him caught by a juggling Imrul Kayes at leg gully.

Handscomb (82) was earlier run out by a direct hit at the non-striker's end while attempting to sneak a single that would have allowed Warner to escape the nervous 90s.

"As I said to him in the changerooms, it's one of those things where you try and help your teammate out," Warner said.

"We did speak about it between the overs ... he said to me, 'I'm looking for it'.

"It was very selfless of him."

Source: AAP

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