Burns, Khawaja dominate Windies at MCG


Australia, powered by centuries from Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns, reached a dominant 345 for three at stumps on the first day of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG on Saturday.

Khawaja scored 144 while opener Burns hit 128 as they two shared in a partnership of 258 for the second wickets after the loss of David Warner for 23.

The left-handed Warner started like a house on fire as he pummeled his runs off just 12 balls, which included five boundaries, after Windies captain Jason Holder won the toss and decided to field first after a rain delay of an hour.

With the total on 29, Warner went for one big shot to many and only managed sky a pull shot off seamer Jerome Taylor and was caught by Marlon Samuels.

Khawaja and Burns got into their work as they subdued a rather toothless bowling attack from the visitors in front of more than 50 000 fans at the MCG.

The 29 year-old Khawaja, who was returning to the Test side after a hamstring injury, hit his third century in consecutive Test matches this Australia summer, his ton coming off 154 balls.

Burns, who was under pressure to keep his place in the Aussie team ahead of Shaun Marsh, brought up his second Test ton off  180 balls before he was stumped by Denesh Ramdin off the bowling of part-time spinner Kraigg Brathwaite late in the day.

Khawaja also went just as everyone was thinking about the second day, when he was caught by Ramdin off the bowling of Taylor down the leg side.

Australia captain Steve Smith, on 32, and Adam Voges, unbeaten on 10, will resume the home team's charge on Sunday.