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Burns, Khawaja centuries extend Australian domination over West Indies

Burns, Khawaja centuries extend Australian domination over West Indies
Usman Khawaja now has three centuries in his last three Tests.
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Australia 345-3 (Khawaja 144) v West Indies
Second Test, Melbourne, day one

Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja smashed centuries as Australia piled up 345 for three on day one of the Boxing Day Test against West Indies in Melbourne.

The game resumed after a delay of an hour with West Indies winning the toss and electing to bowl first. Both teams had a change each.

Khawaja replaced Shaun Marsh for Australia while Carlos Brathwaite was drafted in the place of Shannon Gabriel who has flown back to West Indies.

David Warner made his intentions clear as he struck five boundaries in two overs as Australia raced to 27 in three overs.

Just when Warner was threatening to take the game away from West Indies, Jerome Taylor (2-83) surprised the Australian vice-captain with a bouncer which he top edged to Marlon Samuels in the covers.

Burns (128) got going with a couple of boundaries in the seventh over. West Indies managed to slow down the run-rate conceding just 30 runs in the next 12 overs. Australia went into lunch at 70 for one from 19 overs.

Runs began to flow freely in the second session with Burns smashing Carlos (0-71) for a couple of boundaries in the 22nd over and Khawaja (144) plundered another four in the next over to bring the 50-run partnership.

Burns brought up his fifty off 86 deliveries as Australia crossed the 100-run mark. Soon, Khawaja reached his own fifty, needing 87 deliveries for the milestone.

Khawaja launched into Jomel Warrican (0-71) hitting him down the ground the ground for a six. Having managed 123 runs in the session without losing a wicket, Australia looked dominant at 193 for one at tea.

The very first over into the third session, Burns went after Warrican hitting him for a six and a four. It was followed by another two boundaries from Khawaja in the next over to take Australia past 200.

Both the batsmen reached their centuries in the 58th over and the 200-run stand between them came in the next over as West Indies looked very ordinary in the field.

The 258-run stand finally came to an end when Burns was stumped by Denesh Ramdin off the part-time bowling of Kraigg Brathwaite (1-31).

West Indies took the new ball after 81 overs and Taylor immediately created a chance as Khawaja mistimed one to Samuels at covers which he failed to grab it.

However, Khawaja didn't last much after that as he nicked one to Ramdin behind the stumps in Taylor's next over.

An unbeaten 17-run stand between Steven Smith (32 not out) and Adam Voges (10 not out) ensured Australia ended the day at 345 for three from the 90 overs.

Taylor picked two wickets for West Indies while Kraigg accounted for the wicket of Burns.

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