Opener David Warner put New Zealand’s bowlers to the sword with an amazing 163 and Usman Khawaja scored his lady Test century as Australia commanded the opening day of the first Test at the Gabba on Thursday.
The hosts completed the day on 389 for two with Khawaja, who was 102 not out, and new captain Steve Smith, unbeaten on 41, set to continue their 78-run association on the second day of the three-Test arrangement.
David Warner put New Zealand’s bowlers to the sword
Warner, now one of Australia’s senior players after the retirement of a string of prepared internationals, showed tolerance and in addition his trademark animosity in his second most astounding test innings.
The 29-year-old had come to the half century mark in seven of his eight Tests in 2015 yet had not possessed the capacity to get to the century mark since he accomplished the deed for the twelfth time against India in Sydney in January.
His jump into the air in the wake of tucking the ball through spread point for two runs was adequate delineation of what the century intended to him, yet he was in no way, shape or form done.
Warner’s second Test 150 was raised with his nineteenth four and he had maybe earned the privilege to a free swipe when he got a thick edge on a James Neesham conveyance which Ross Taylor got splendidly in the slips following 314 minutes at the wrinkle.
Joe Burns, playing on his home ground in just his third Test, had given capable backing to Warner in a 161-run opening stand before he was rejected for 71 not long after lunch.
New Zealand snappy Tim Southee gave an indication of his quality with a peach of a conveyance that pinched away and drew an edge which BJ Watling snaffled up behind the stumps.
That conveyed Khawaja to the wrinkle and he immediately demonstrated that over two years in the Test wild had not reduced his exquisite strokeplay.
The 28-year-old got inside of one keep running of his third Test half century with a rich six and a solitary off the 60th ball he confronted got him to the development.
Better was to come a couple of overs before the nearby, on the other hand, when he crushed his tenth four down to long-on to score a first Test hundred that numerous idea would come years sooner.
Australia have not lost a Test at the Gabba since 1988 and a conclusion to that streak looked more outlandish when Smith won the hurl and decided to bat.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum required strike twosome Trent Boult and Southee to get this show on the road the ball swinging while there was still overcast spread over the ground.
Tragically for the travelers, it was not much sooner than the sun had gotten through and Australia’s new opening association weathered five overs of the new ball before getting into their step.
A run-out chance when Burns played with catastrophe in the tenth over and another which Khawaja, on 60, made due with a jump for the wrinkle at full extend were uncommon obvious open doors for the Black Caps.
They surrendered a larger number of keeps running than any side on the first day of a Test at the Gabba and seamer Doug Bracewell (0-79), spinner Mark Craig (0-96) and Boult (0-90) will all need to overlook the experience as fast as could reasonably be expected.