England fight back despite Warner century

David Warner scored his 21st Test century, but England fought back in the second session against Australia in Melbourne on Boxing Day on Tuesday.

Warner (103) brought up his ton in dramatic style at the MCG, having been dismissed to a no ball on 99 in the fourth Ashes Test.

However, he joined opening partner Cameron Bancroft (26) in falling during the middle session on day one.

Usman Khawaja (10) and Steve Smith (5) were unbeaten at tea as Australia reached 145-2 after electing to bat first on a flat pitch.

James Anderson (1-40) and Chris Woakes (1-38) made the breakthroughs for England as the hosts scored just 43 runs during the session.

Bancroft never looked comfortable during his 95-ball stay and the opener was trapped lbw by Woakes to break a 122-run opening stand.

England bowled outside off stump to slow Australia down, with Warner struggling through his 90s.

The tourists thought they had the big wicket when Warner skied debutant Tom Curran (0-23) and was caught, only for replays to show the paceman overstepped.

Warner flicked the next delivery off his hip to bring up his ton, but his fine innings ended on 103 when he edged Anderson through to Bairstow.

Smith and Khawaja were unable to get going as they would have liked, giving England hope after their fightback.

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