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Warner rewrites records as Australia dominates

Opener unbeaten on 244 at the end of first day in Perth, with Khawaja and Burns helping bring up 416 for 2

Warner rewrites records as Australia dominates  - Cricket News
David Warner celebrates.
A typically blazing maiden double-century from David Warner – his third consecutive score in excess of 100 – and a solid century from Usman Khawaja helped Australia take charge on the first day of the second Test against New Zealand in Perth on Friday (November 13).

Warner added 101 for the opening wicket with Joe Burns and followed it up with a massive 302-run stand for the second with Khawaja as Australia ended the day at 416 for 2. Warner remained unbeaten on 244 from just 272 balls, with 22 fours and two sixes, while Khawaja fell for 121 towards the end of the day.

Warner became the first batsman to score three Test centuries at the WACA and also just the fifth Test batsman to score four successive Test centuries against the same opponent, after scoring two centuries in the first Test in Brisbane and one when the sides met in Hobart in 2011. It was also the most runs scored by any batsman on the first day of a Test in Australia, going past Michael Clarke’s 224 against South Africa in Adelaide in 2012.

It was Khawaja’s second Test century, the first one coming in Brisbane.

After all the talk about the pacy WACA wicket, the pitch that confronted the sides was one that was perfect for batting. Starting with winning the toss, Australia did everything right, leaving New Zealand tired by the end of 90 overs.

The run feast was started by Australia’s new opening duo. Burns and Warner notched up a historic third straight century partnership in as many innings together – a feat that matched Australia’s great opening partnership of Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer.

Burns fell at the stroke of lunch, chopping on a delivery from Matt Henry, but there was no respite for New Zealand as Khawaja partnered Warner to extend the momentum.

New Zealand’s bowlers looked threatening during the first hour after lunch. They bowled their hearts out and created a few chances, but found little support as none of the chances was converted into wickets. Khawaja in particular was lucky and had as many as three reprieves in his first 30 minutes.

Amid all this, Warner kept up the aggression with shots either side of the wicket. He reached his century before tea, pulling Craig to the deep midwicket fence, and his partner followed him on the other side of the break, cutting Henry to the third-man fence.   

New Zealand tried as many as eight bowlers, including Brendon McCullum, but nothing stopped Warner as he reached his double-ton flicking Martin Guptill for a single. 

A flurry of boundaries followed once New Zealand took the second new ball, and although Khawaja fell driving Bracewell to cover towards the latter stages, Warner remained unbeaten to set things up perfectly for a massive score – for himself and his side.

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