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Warner, Khawaja tons help Australia dominate day one in Brisbane

David Warner (left) and Usman Khawaja (right) shared a 150-run stand for the second wicket in the first Test against New Zealand in Brisbane.
David Warner (left) and Usman Khawaja (right) shared a 150-run stand for the second wicket in the first Test against New Zealand in Brisbane.
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Australia 389-2 (Warner 163) v New Zealand
First Test, Brisbane, day one

New Zealand received a hostile welcome in Australia as David Warner's superlative 163-run knock and Usman Khawaja's unbeaten 102 helped their team post 389 for two on day one of the first Test of the Trans-Tasman trophy in Brisbane.

The 389 runs scored by Australia was the most number of runs scorer ever on day one in a Brisbane Test surpassing the 364 scored by Australia against England in 2002.

After winning the toss and opting to bat first on a wicket which offered no assistance to the pacers, the opening pair offered a text book start to Australia.

Joe Burns (71) and Warner (163) piled on 100 runs in the morning session's play without flinching an eye.

Burns started tentatively in the first hour especially against Trent Boult (0-90) and Tim Southee (1-63) but once the opening bowlers were seen through he became assertive especially against the off-spinner Mark Craig (0-96).

Australia negotiated the first hour of play scoring 37 runs in the first 12 overs. The duo brought the 50-run stand in the 15th over following which they shifted gears.

Burns scored three boundaries in two overs while Warner plundered Doug Bracewell (0-79) for a boundary followed by a six.

Warner reached his half-century in 69 balls with the help of seven boundaries and a striking six. Australia ended the first session of 25 overs scoring 100 runs without losing a wicket.

Burns reached his fifty off 86 balls while hitting seven boundaries in post-lunch session play.

After putting up a spectacular 161-run opening stand, Burns departed off Southee's bowling after edging one to keeper BJ Watling ending the fourth highest opening partnership for Australian in Tests.

Usman Khawaja (102 not out) joined Warner for the second wicket and ensured the momentum continued in favor of the home team. Warner reached his 13th Test hundred from 141 balls just before the tea.

The pair added 122 runs in the second session without losing a wicket as Australia went into tea at 222 for one in 54 overs.

There was no respite for the visitors in the final session too as Warner and Khawaja extended their partnership to 150 runs.

James Neesham (1-36) delivered the second wicket for the Black Caps by dismissing Warner caught by Ross Taylor at first slip.

Warner scored 163 runs from 224 balls en-laced with 19 boundaries and a solitary six.

Australian skipper Steve Smith (41 not out) and Khawaja and safely negotiated the remaining 17 overs while adding 78 more runs to the team's tally.

The second new ball did not shake the proceedings as New Zealand would have hoped for as Australia continued to score freely. Khawaja scored his maiden Test hundred in 123 balls.

Australia ended the day after putting 389 runs on board at the loss of just two wickets.

Southee and Neesham were the lone wicket takers for New Zealand, who had a tiring day on the field. Craig managed to beat the left handers on a few occasions but failed to produce wicket taking deliveries.

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