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Cricket-'Genius' Warner makes it all look so easy at the WACA

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PERTH, Nov 13 For a player once dismissed as a
Twenty20 slogger, Australia opener David Warner gave a very good
impression of a world class test batsman at the peak of his
powers when he scored 244 not out against New Zealand at the
WACA on Friday.
    The 29-year-old has scored hundreds in all three of his
innings in the series against the Blacks Caps so far and he
finished the day with the most runs ever scored by any batsman
on the opening day of a test in Australia.
    He now has 15 centuries -- a milestone only compatriot
Donald Bradman, India's Sunil Gavaskar and Englishman Herb
Sutcliffe achieved in fewer than the 45 tests Warner has played.
 
    In the process of accumulating the second highest test score
ever at the WACA, he became the 25th Australian batsman to
accumulate 4,000 test runs. Only Bradman, Matthew Hayden and
Neil Harvey did it in fewer innings.
    "He was outstanding," Usman Khawaja, who shared a stand of
302 for the second wicket with Warner, told ABC Radio. 
    "I was shocked when he got his third hundred in a row,
that's pretty impressive, not many people can do that.
    "I just kept telling him he's a genius and he is, he's on
fire. The way he's batting at the moment, he's making it look so
easy.
    "Test cricket isn't easy, no matter who you play against.
It's just really nice to watch, I hope it continues for a long
time, you don't want to waste good form."
    Speed of scoring and aggression have always been Warner's
trademarks but to those strengths he has added a new level of
fitness, the ability to maintain concentration over long periods
as well as an appreciation of when to fire and when to hold
back.
    "He had times when he was scoring freely, then he wasn't,
then the new ball came up and he took that on," Khawaja, who
scored 121 as Australia ended day one on 416 for two, added.  
    "That's the maturity he has now. What's that 15 test
centuries? That's pretty impressive for only 40 odd test match
games. Hopefully he can keep it up for a very long time."
    Maturity was not a word often associated with the brash
Sydneysider in the early years of his test career when he was
the self-confessed "attack dog" of Australia's sledging effort.
    Just two years after being banned for part of the Ashes
series for punching England's Joe Root in a bar, however, Warner
is now vice-captain of the Australia test team. 

 (Writing by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney, editing by Patrick
Johnston)

Source: R-Csports

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UPDATE 1-Cricket-Test Series Australia v New Zealand scoreboard

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Nov 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Scoreboard at tea on the first day in the second Test between Australia and New Zealand on Friday in Perth, Australia 
Australia 1st innings     
J. Burns                       b Henry                   40  
D. Warner                      not out                   129 
U. Khawaja                     not out                   69  
Extras                         (lb-1 nb-4)               5   
Total                          (for 1 wickets, 53 overs) 243 
Fall of wickets: 1-101 J. Burns
To bat: S. Smith, A. Voges, M. Marsh, P. Nevill, M. Johnson, M. Starc, J. Hazlewood, N. Lyon
Bowling                   
T. Southee                     12 - 1 - 52 - 0               
T. Boult                       11 - 0 - 50 - 0               
M. Henry                       10 - 0 - 51 - 1               
D. Bracewell                   10 - 0 - 35 - 0(nb-4)         
M. Craig                       9 - 0 - 51 - 0                
K. Williamson                  1 - 0 - 3 - 0                 
Referees                  
Referee: Nigel Llong                                         
Referee: Sundaram Ravi                                       
TV umpire: Richard Illingworth                               
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama

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Cricket-Burns falls but Australia 105-1 at lunch

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By David Gray
    PERTH, Nov 13 New Zealand finally separated
Australia's openers just before lunch but the hosts still
reached the break on a healthy 105 for one on a sweltering first
day of the second test on Friday.
    Sent in to bat after skipper Steve Smith won the toss, David
Warner and Joe Burns took on New Zealand's bowlers as they had
in the first test, where two opening partnerships in excess of
150 runs were the foundation stones of a 208-run victory.
    Lefthander Warner made his intent clear by hitting the first
two balls he faced for four to either side of the ground and he
had reached 60 from 68 balls at the break. 
    Burns had been just as aggressive as Warner, but played on
to a delivery from Matt Henry a few minutes before the break
with 101 runs on the board to be dismissed for 40, bringing
Usman Khawaja to the wicket.
    Khawaja will resume after lunch on two. 
    Warner and Burns were the second Australian opening
partnership to register century stands in their first three
matches together after Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer in 2001.
    New Zealand's day started well with paceman Tim Southee
passed fit to play despite the back injury that limited his
contribution at the Gabba but it rapidly went downhill after
skipper Brendon McCullum lost a toss he was desperate to win.
    Fielding a four-pronged pace attack after Henry replaced
injured all-rounder James Neesham, the Black Caps were unable to
muster any movement to threaten the Australian openers.
    Spearhead Trent Boult was particularly disappointing,
conceding the two boundaries to Warner in his first over and
hammered for 23 runs in his first three overs. 
    Two early chances failed to carry to the fielders and
Australia already had 61 runs when the first proper appeal
emerged from the ranks of the tourists.
    A more full-throated shout for lbw against Burns an over
later tempted McCullum into a review but the television pictures
showed Southee's delivery had caught an inside edge.
    The hosts were unchanged from the Gabba and could wrap up
the three-match series with a victory in Perth. The series
concludes with the inaugural day-night test match at the
Adelaide Oval.

 (Writing by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney, editing by Greg
Stutchbury)

Source: R-Csports

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