Warner felt 'quite heavy' ahead of first MCG ton

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David Warner scored his first Test century in 10 appearances at the MCG on Wednesday, but the Australia batsman felt "quite heavy" when he got to the crease.

Australia spent over 271 successive overs in the field as they finished off a 39-run victory over Pakistan in the first Test at the Gabba and then saw the tourists reach 443-9 declared in a weather-affected second match.

Such a lengthy wait to get bat in hand caused some issues for Warner, though it did not seem apparent as he scored 144 runs off 143 balls on day three in Melbourne to end a wait for a Test ton that was closing in on a year.

"You get a bit itchy when you're out there in the field and you're coming off and on and off and on," he told a media conference.

"I felt quite heavy out there. We've spent a lot of time in the field of late, which is not the ideal circumstance but that's what happens in this game."

Australia reached stumps at 278-2 off just 58 overs, but Warner said there was no premeditation to start their innings aggressively.

"I didn't realise they'd only bowled 58 overs," added Warner. "For us it was just going out there and trying to bat as big as we can in the first innings.

"There wasn't any tactic to try and go out there and blast them out the park, it was just to go out there and try and bat time and see where we are at the end of the days play."

Warner's century was his first in a Boxing Day Test, fulfilling a long-term ambition.

He said: "It's a childhood dream. It's one that I hadn't really ticked off. It was a bit emotional, it's a lot of weight off my shoulders.

"It feels great, but we've got a game to play and we've got to come out tomorrow and hope the weather stays away and we can make a game of it."