Terrific Warner, solid Khawaja sink New Zealand on day one
Australia 416-2 (Warner 244no) v New Zealand
Second Test, WACA, day one
David Warner amassed an unbeaten 244 while Usman Khawaja scored a composed 121 as the duo shared 302 runs between them to take Australia to 416 for two at stumps on day one of the second Test against New Zealand in Perth.
Australia won the toss on a flat pitch and had no hesitation to bat first.
New Zealand started off with a maiden over but Warner (244 not out) got off the mark with a couple of boundaries in the second over.
The run rate picked up pace immediately and Australia reached 51 for naught just after 10 overs.
In the 13th over, New Zealand reviewed an lbw appeal against Joe Burns (40). The onfield call was not out and replays showed that Burns edged that onto his pads.
Warner raced off to his fifty, taking just 56 balls to get to the landmark.
Along with Burns, Warner added 101 runs for the opening wicket, making it the fifth consecutive 100-run opening stand for Australia.
However, a few moments later, Burns, played onto his stumps off Matt Henry (1-75) at the stroke of lunch. Australia piled on 105 runs for the loss of one wicket in the first session.
Early in the second session, Warner went past 4,000 Test runs. In the 29th over, New Zealand reviewed a lbw call against Warner, but replays showed the ball to be just clipping bails. The umpire’s call stood and the visitors lost both their reviews.
BJ Watling dropped Khawaja (121) behind the stumps in the 36th over. A few overs later, Khawaja attempted a late cut and edged one to the keeper, but the umpire did not budge.
Khawaja too went past his fifty, needing 62 balls for the knock. Meanwhile, Warner brought up his third consecutive century of the series with a pull over midwicket.
The 302-run stand between Khawaja and Warner continued to flourish at a rapid pace. Australia were placed at 243 for one at the end of second session.
Soon after the partnership crossed the 200 run mark, Khawaja brought up his second hundred of the series with a late cut to the third man boundary.
As Warner neared his double hundred, New Zealand opted for some bizarre tactics with Martin Guptill (0-7) and Brendon McCullum (0-16) bowling in tandem.
Taking advantage of the opportunity on hand, Warner blazed away to a maiden double century. He followed it up with more boundaries while his partnership with Khawaja reached the 300 run mark.
Just after Australia went past 400, Khawaja drove Doug Bracewell (1-57) straight into the hands of Tom Latham at covers.
Steven Smith (5 not out) and Warner saw out the remaining three overs without trouble. At stumps, Australia were positioned at 416 for two.
New Zealand tried out eight bowlers in total. Henry and Bracewell were the only wicket-takers with one scalp each.
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