Record-breaking Warner and classy Khawaja put Australia in command


David Warner scored a magnificent maiden Test double-century and Usman Khawaja made another classy ton to put Australia in complete command at stumps on day one of the second Test against New Zealand at the WACA.

Destructive opener Warner scored a century in both innings as Australia won the first Test in the three-match series at the Gabba last week, while Khawaja marked his recall by scoring his first international hundred.

The left handers were at it again in Perth on Friday, with the outstanding Warner making a scintillating Test-best 244 not out - the most runs scored by a batsman on the first day of a Test in Australia - and Khawaja made 121 as the hosts closed on 416-2.

Warner and Khawaja put on 150 for the second wicket on day one of the first Test and combined for a stand of 302 to put the hosts on course to complete a series win.

Khawaja was dropped by BJ Watling and then edged Mark Craig (-077) behind on 38, but was given not out by umpire Nigel Llong when the tourists were out of reviews, but was finally out late on incredible day for Australia.

Warner carried on where he left off in Brisbane by hitting his first two balls from Trent Boult (0-99) to the boundary after Steve Smith had again won the toss.

Joe Burns (40), a second-innings centurion last week, got into his stride after a watchful start and New Zealand wasted a review when Tim Southee (0-73) thought he had trapped the right-hander leg before, but he got an inside edge.

Warner quickly brought up his third consecutive 50 from 56 deliveries shortly after the drinks break, making the most of a great batting track as he played with freedom on both sides of the wicket.

Matt Henry (1-74), recalled at the expense of James Neesham, got the breakthrough when Burns played on to end a stand of 101 for the first wicket, but Warner and Khawaja set about dishing out more punishment to the New Zealand bowlers.

Warner passed 4000 Test runs and survived an lbw review on 77 before Watling was unable to snaffle Khawaja when he edged a Craig delivery, then umpire Long failed to spot an edge behind when the wicketkeeper did take a catch.

The brilliant Warner brought up his fourth successive century against New Zealand off just 118 balls by hitting Craig to the boundary with a late cut and continued to score at a rapid rate.

Khawaja showed great timing and touch as he brought up his second Test ton in as many matches, then Warner was again celebrating exuberantly after reaching 200 from just 236 balls in a remarkable exhibition of batting.

Doug Bracewell (1-57) had Khawaja caught at short cover late in the day, but Warner was still going strong in an incredible innings that has so far included two sixes and 22 fours.