Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Warner, Khawaja Lead Way

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Warner, Khawaja Lead Way

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AUSTRALIA emphatically dispelled any doubts about its much-talked about rebuilding period, putting New Zealand to the sword on day one of the first Test at the Gabba.

Apart from a tricky first 45 minutes facing the swing of opening bowler Tim Southee, the hosts cruised to 2-389 at stumps against the self-proclaimed "nice guys" from across the ditch.

Australia's opening combination of David Warner (163) and Joe Burns (71) could have set the tone for a dominant three-game series, forging a 161-run stand for the first wicket.

It was the perfect exhibition of calm batting to get through some good bowling inside the first 10 overs, before Warner's aggressive intent put his team on the front foot.

It took Burns 20 balls to get off the mark at his home ground, driving a Trent Boult half volley for four.

But by lunch the Aussies were cruising at 0-100 from 25 overs on a batting paradise.

Burns showed plenty of class in his 71, while Warner showed great patience to bat for five hours and 13 minutes. …

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