Aus­tralia dom­i­nate as Warner hits dou­ble cen­tury

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PERTH: David Warner dom­i­nated, dis­sected and de­mol­ished New Zealand with his maiden dou­ble cen­tury to drive Aus­tralia to 416 for two at the close of play on a one-sided open­ing day of the sec­ond test at the WACA yes­ter­day.

Pick­ing up where he left off in the first test in Brisbane, the opener scored 244 not out for his third cen­tury in three in­nings as the hosts dom­i­nated New Zealand’s bowlers as ruth­lessly as they had in the 208-run vic­tory at the Gabba.

Us­man Khawaja claimed his maiden test cen­tury in the first test and got his sec­ond on Fri­day but even his some­times sublime stroke­play had to play sec­ond fiddle to his fel­low left­hander’s bril­liance on a swel­ter­ing day in Perth.

The 28-year-old was caught by Tom Latham in the cov­ers off Doug Bracewell and de­parted for 121 to end a 302-run part­ner­ship with Warner shortly be­fore stumps, leav­ing skip­per Steve Smith (five not out) to re­sume on day two.

Warner, once dis­missed as a Twenty20 slog­ger, was bat­ting on the same ground where he hit a 69-ball cen­tury on the way to his pre­vi­ous ca­reer­high­est score of 180 against In­dia in 2012. This in­nings was the work of a far more ex­pe­ri­enced bats­man, how­ever, even if it started with sim­i­lar ag­gres­sion when Warner clat­tered the first two balls he faced for four to ei­ther side of the ground.

Hav­ing es­tab­lished his dom­i­nance, how­ever, his bat­ting be­came more cir­cum­spect and he was happy to reach his fifty off a sin­gle. The 29-year-old had put on 101 with Joe Burns when his new open­ing part­ner chopped a Matt Henry de­liv­ery onto his stumps to depart for 40 just be­fore lunch. faced got him to the mile­stone for the first time, Warner per­formed an­other cel­e­bra­tory leap be­fore rais­ing his bat and hel­met to the sky.

At stumps, he had faced 272 balls and hit 22 fours and two sixes.

New Zealand’s day had started well with key pace­man Tim Southee passed fit to play but it rapidly went down­hill af­ter skip­per Bren­don McCul­lum lost the toss.

Field­ing a four-pronged pace at­tack af­ter Henry re­placed in­jured all-rounder James Nee­sham, the Black Caps were un­able to muster any move­ment from swing or seam to test the Aus­tralian bats­men.

McCul­lum was also cul­pa­ble for us­ing up New Zealand’s two DRS re­views on mar­ginal lbw calls and leav­ing them with­out one when Khawaja ap­peared to get an edge on a Mark Craig de­liv­ery and was caught be­hind. Khawaja had an­other life just be­fore tea when Bracewell let the ball through his hands on the bound­ary and he made the most of his re­prieve in the fi­nal ses­sion as Aus­tralia racked up the high­est score ever on the open­ing day of a WACA test. —Reuters

PERTH: Aus­tralia’s Dave Warner re­acts af­ter scor­ing a dou­ble cen­tury against New Zealand dur­ing their cricket test match in Perth, Aus­tralia, yes­ter­day. —AP

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