Brisbane - David Warner led a blazing
Australian run assault against New Zealand with his 13th Test century on the
opening day of the first Test at the Gabba on Thursday.
The pugnacious vice-captain put the
Australians firmly in command after winning the toss to post his ton off 141
balls with 14 fours and a six.
Warner put on a 161-run stand with Joe
Burns before losing his new opening partner just before the middle session
At tea, Australia were steaming along at
222 for one with Warner unconquered on 113 and the recalled Usman Khawaja not
It was Warner's second century against New
Zealand and he had few problems against the Black Caps attack to give the
Australians a solid platform heading into the three-Test series.
Burns completed his third consecutive Test
half-century before he edged Tim Southee to wicketkeeper BJ Watling for 71.
Burns, opening the innings after batting at
number six in his previous two Test appearances against India last home season,
made the most of his opportunity after not being chosen for this year's Ashes
series in England.
He batted for 183 minutes and hit 12 fours
in his solid 120-ball knock.
But it was a deflating opening two sessions
for the Black Caps, who are looking for their first series win in Australia for
Skipper Brendon McCullum tried to vary his
attack by placing eight men on the off-side for Warner, facing Southee, only to
quickly change the field setting.
Warner (39) survived a review for leg
before wicket off Bracewell after replays showed the ball pitching outside leg
stump, and shortly after he smashed Bracewell straight over the sight screen
Pakistan-born Khawaja has another chance to
consolidate a place in the Australia team after he was named at number three,
pushing skipper Steve Smith down to four in the batting order.
Khawaja has had a stop-start career in his
nine Tests since making his debut against England in Sydney in 2011, amassing
just 377 runs at 25.13.