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David Warner hits quickfire century for New South Wales to help Ashes hopes

David Warner celebrates another century for New South Wales

David Warner did his bid for an Ashes place no harm with a swashbuckling century for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield.

Warner smashed 16 boundaries in an 87-ball knock of 104 to continue a fine run of domestic form that has improved his hopes of featuring in the first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane later this month.

He looked well set for a much bigger score but went for one big shot too many and was caught by international team-mate Peter Siddle off the bowling of Scott Boland.

The left-hander came into the game on the back of three centuries in the limited-overs Ryobi Cup, including a sensational 197 against Victoria in the elimination final.

Warner needed some big innings after a disappointing summer in England that saw him struggle for runs after being involved in a skirmish with Joe Root that earned him a suspension.

Steve Smith also shone for New South Wales, who were bowled out for 353, as he joined Warner in reaching three figures - his innings of 107 included 13 fours and two sixes.

But Australian spin bowling hope Fawad Ahmed had a bad day, taking only 1-91 off 21 costly overs to do little to aid his chances of a Test call.