Aussies dominate as David Warner hits third century

Australia opener David Warner picked up where he left off in Brisbane with a third century in three innings against New Zealand to drive the hosts to 243 for one at tea on the opening day of the second test on Friday.
Unbeaten on 129 at the break to add to his scores of 163 and 116 in the first test, the lefthander helped Australia dominate New Zealandand’s bowlers in the opening two sessions at the WACA as ruthlessly as they had in the 208-run victory at the Gabba. Usman Khawaja, who claimed his maiden test century in the first test, will resume on 69 for the final session having helped Australia rack up 1,063 runs at the cost of just nine wickets over the first two matches. Sent in to bat after skipper Steve Smith won the toss, Warner and Joe Burns became the second Australian opening partnership to register century stands in their first three innings together after Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer in 2001. They were separated just before lunch when, with 101 runs on the board, Burns chopped a Matt Henry delivery onto his stumps to depart for 40. Warner, batting on the ground where he hit a 69-ball century on they way to 180 against India four years ago, had made his intent clear by clattering the first two balls he faced for four to either side of the WACA. Having established his dominance, his batting became a little more circumspect and he reached his fifty with a single. However, he brought up his 15th test hundred by hammering his 12th four over midwicket. New Zealandand’s day started well with paceman Tim Southee passed fit to play despite the back injury that limited his contribution at the Gabba but it rapidly went downhill after skipper Brendon McCullum lost a toss he was desperate to win.


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