Warner’s ton puts Australia on top

Published : 9:00 am  December 27, 2017 | No comments so far |  | 


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Australia opener David Warner struck a century as England endured a tough time in the field on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test in 
Melbourne yesterday. 

Warner dazzled with some fine strokeplay in a one-sided morning session against an England side that looked flattened after surrendering the Ashes in Perth.

The tourists fought back and Warner could have been dismissed on 99, only for Tom Curran to be denied his maiden Test wicket when replays showed that he had overstepped. 

Still, Warner was dismissed shortly after reaching three figures and England had an opening when Australia were reduced to 160 for three. 

But, under a cloudless sky and on a flat surface, home Captain Steve Smith made an unbeaten half-century to guide Australia to 244 for three in front of a crowd of 88,172. 

England, already 0-3 down, are looking to avoid a second successive Ashes whitewash down under and third in 11 years. 

Currently on an eight-match losing streak in Australia, they have never previously lost nine consecutively. 

After a lacklustre start, the touring pacemen grew into the day but Moeen Ali posed no threat. 

And, ultimately, Joe Root’s men are in urgent need of early wickets on day two to prevent Australia from racking up another huge total. The swashbuckling manner in which Warner played during the morning session made run scoring look much easier than it later proved to be and set an ominous tone for England. The left-hander, faced with boundary sweepers on both sides as early as the fourth over of the match, punched through mid-off, cut, and whipped off his pads, all whilst running with urgency. Before his scoring was checked, there was a prospect of a century before lunch, but instead he had to settle for 83 of the 102 for no loss that Australia reached by the interval. (BBC)