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Warner Stars On Emotional Day

David Warner raises his bat
David Warner scored 145 as Australia scored 354 for six on day one
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Australia 354-6 (Warner 145, Smith 72no) v India
First Test, Adelaide, day one

David Warner struck a century and dedicated it to the late Phil Hughes as Australia closed day one of the first Test against India in Adelaide on 354 for six.

After both sides had observed a video paying tribute to Hughes and paid their respects during a 63-second round of applause, Warner cracked 145 in 163 balls to lead Australia's charge.

Steve Smith (72 not out) and Michael Clarke (60) also made half-centuries although Clarke was forced to retire hurt with a back injury.

With Bhuvneshwar Kumar missing out through injury, India handed a debut to leg-spinner Karn Sharma and he eventually removed Warner, who faced 163 balls and hit 19 fours.

Pacers Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron struck early to dismiss Chris Rogers for nine and Shane Watson for 14 before Warner and Clarke combined to steer Australia out of danger.

Clarke, passed fit to play after overcoming a hamstring injury, had made 60 in 84 balls when he could go no further, his often troublesome back causing him more problems.

Warner reached his 10th Test century but was next to fall when he holed out in the deep to give Karn his maiden Test wicket.

Smith then added 87 with Mitchell March (41) although India finished strongly as Aaron had Marsh caught by Virat Kohli and Mohammad Shami struck twice to dismiss Nathan Lyon for three and Brad Haddin without scoring.

Smith had made 72 not out in 130 balls.

And on a day when Warner received an ovation when he reached 63 - the score at which Hughes fell - there was welcome news coming in from Sydney, where Sean Abbott, the man who bowled the ball that hit him, returned to action for New South Wales.

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