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Australia on top against New Zealand after dominant batting display

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David Warner and Usman Khawaja struck brilliant centuries as Australia's batsmen totally dominated day one of the first Test against New Zealand, finishing on 389 for two in Brisbane.

It was a long and largely fruitless day for the Black Caps in the field, with opening pair Joe Burns and Warner sharing a 161-run stand before the tourists made the breakthrough.

Burns' exit for 71 brought Warner (163) and Khawaja (102 not out) together in the middle, and they enjoyed a 150-run partnership to ram home Australia's position of superiority.

Khawaja - playing in his first Test in over two years - was joined by Steven Smith when Warner eventually departed at the hands of James Neesham, and completed his maiden Test hundred shortly before the close to cap a superb opening day for Australia. Smith was 41no at stumps.

It was a key toss to win, with both captains keen to bat first on an excellent surface at the Gabba.

Brendon McCullum called incorrectly, and Australia never looked back.

Tim Southee twice got the ball to fizz within a whisker of Burns' off stump in an excellent new-ball spell, but the runs flowed freely for Burns and Warner and the hosts headed in for lunch 100 without loss.

New Zealand had something to celebrate in the 39th over, when Southee - returning after half an hour off the field - induced an edge from Burns which was snapped up by wicketkeeper BJ Watling diving to his right.

But that was as good as it got for the tourists for quite a while.

Warner registered his 13th Test century by tucking the ball to cover point for two runs off Mark Craig. His hundred came off 140 balls and included 14 fours and one six.

The 29-year-old's 224-ball knock was finally ended by Neesham - courtesy of an excellent one-handed catch by Ross Taylor, who timed his jump to perfection at first slip and managed to hold on.

Khawaja's rhythm was not unduly disturbed, however, and he went on to post his first Test century by smashing a short ball from Trent Boult to the long-leg boundary shortly before stumps.

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