Perth - Opener David Warner continued his love affair with New Zealand's
bowling and the WACA Ground by notching a career-best double century as
Australia took total control and records tumbled on the opening day of
the second Test in Perth on Friday.
After winning the toss and
electing to bat, Warner's third century in as many innings saw the home
side reach a commanding 416 for two at stumps against the demoralised
Kiwis in what is shaping up to be a disappointingly lopsided three-Test
At stumps Warner was unbeaten on 244, having
notched the highest score by an Australian in a single day on home soil,
with captain Steve Smith on five.
The Australian total was the highest on the first day of a Test at the venue.
Khawaja posted his second century of the series before falling just
before stumps for 121 to end a 302-run stand with Warner.
a new second-wicket partnership mark for Australia, surpassing Arthur
Morris and Don Bradman's 301-run effort at Headingley in 1948.
down 1-0 in the three-Test series after being thumped by 208 runs at
The Gabba, the Kiwi bowlers gained little assistance from the pitch and
were again on the wrong end of the decision review system.
Warner cashed in to notch his 15th Test century in 45 matches and went on to post his highest score.
After narrowly surviving a decision review on 78, he reached triple figures with his 12th boundary, having faced 118 balls.
was also his fourth successive century against New Zealand, making him
just the fifth batsman in history to score four hundreds in a row
against the same opponent.
The others in the select group are
South Africa's Alan Melville and Hashim Amla, West Indian Everton Weekes
and Pakistan's Shoaib Mohammad.
went on to post his maiden Test double century late in the day, having
faced 236 balls and hit 17 fours and two sixes in reaching the
Left-handed Warner has scored 676 runs against the
Kiwis at a formidable average of 169, and has 638 runs at 127.60 at the
WACA in four Tests.
His total is the second biggest individual
score at the ground behind Matthew Hayden's 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003
and Warner also passed 4 000 Test runs during his innings.
and fellow opener Joe Burns put on 101 for the first wicket - their
third century opening stand in as many innings together.
emulates the great Australian partnership of Hayden and Justin Langer,
who passed centuries in their first three outings together in 2001 and
went on to become the fourth-highest scoring partnership in Test
It also takes Australia to a Test cricket world record of
five successive century opening partnerships, including Warner and
Chris Rogers's last two innings together in this year's Ashes.
Burns made 40 before chopping a ball on from the bowling of recalled seamer Matt Henry (1-51).
and Khawaja then broke Kiwi hearts as the visitors toiled without
reward in the searing heat on a day where even skipper Brendon McCullum
had a rare bowl.
The Kiwis wasted an early decision review on a
leg-before-wicket (lbw) appeal when a replay showed a clear inside edge
from Burns from the bowling of Tim Southee.
Their second review
was much more marginal, with Warner given not out lbw and the replay
showing fractionally less than half the ball was hitting the bails,
leaving the decision as umpire's call and the visitors without any more
Khawaja was then given not out caught behind from the
bowling of spinner Mark Craig for 38, with replays showing he clearly
edged it to add to Kiwi frustration.
Without addition to his score, Khawaja survived another close appeal for lbw by the unlucky Southee.
Khawaja was also dropped on the boundary on 62 just before tea, with the ball deflecting for six to compound Kiwi misery.