The kiwi’s will be left scratching their heads after an astonishingly one sided opening day of cricket saw Australia close on 2-389. Burns and Warner weathered the opening exchanges and never looked back, laying the foundations for a mammoth first innings total.
Apparently committed to playing Russian roulette with bat-pad’s life, Mark Craig couldn’t decide whether he wanted to bowl full tosses or half trackers, so he just bowled them both. In a truly abysmal spell of Test bowling, he gifted Australia the momentum that led them to such a score. Warner’s typically belligerent style helped alleviate any early nerves, as his new opening partner looked comfortable using his feet and hitting over the top.
After looking set, Burns will be kicking himself that he couldn’t go on to get triple figures in front of his home crowd. Fellow Queenslander, Usman Khawaja had no issues making the conversion however, as he combined towering sixes with some deft late cuts to reach a magnificent 102* by stumps.
It took a sharp one handed catch from Ross Taylor at first slip to dismiss Warner for 163. Warner’s energy seemed to know no bounds as he pushed the Blackcaps around the park at ease. Never short of a wacky field setting, McCullum kept his players guessing by changing positions on a ball by ball basis at times. With wide open gaps the Aussies were able to scamper 4 on four separate occasions throughout the day.
Australia will resume play this morning with captain Smith (41) and Khawaja looking to bat New Zealand out the game. Looking for nothing less than 600+ at this point, Mitchell Starc and co will certainly have the runs in hand to attack the bat with.