Warner, Burns give Aussies answer at top

David Warner is 99 not out at tea on day two of Australia's first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane.
David Warner is 99 not out at tea on day two of Australia's first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane.

Australia have found their answer at the top of the order with David Warner and Joe Burns taking them to 0-195 in the first Test against Pakistan at the Gabba.

After the tourists were rolled for 240 on Thursday's opening day, Warner went to the tea break eying his first century in 20 innings on 99 not out.

Burns remains unbeaten alongside him on 88, with the pair putting on Australia's biggest opening stand in more than four years.

It also more than doubles the runs for Australia from their opening stands in the five-Test Ashes series, where 18 had been the best for the first wicket.

In that series, Marcus Harris and Cameron Bancroft partnered Warner at the top, as all three struggled against the English quicks and seaming ball.

But back at home against a Pakistan attack struggling to make the ball move, Warner and Burns showed their prowess at the top.

Warner was dominant on the front foot, hitting four of his seven boundaries through the covers and punishing Pakistan whenever they overpitched outside off stump.

He survived a life on 56, edging exciting debutant Naseem Shah behind only for replays to show the quick had overstepped and Warner was called back.

He was also close to being run out on 93, making his crease by just centimetres to beat a Yasir Shah direct hit.

Burns was a little more nervy early before finding his groove.

He bottom-edged a cut shot off his first ball but it didn't carry to wicketkeeper Muhammad Rizwan.

But as the day has gone on, he has looked more confident, hooking and driving Naseem while dominating spinner Iftikhar Ahmed, both down the ground and on the sweep.

Burns' combination with Warner is believed to have been part of the reason for his recall.

The pair like batting together and have been aggressive with their running between the wickets.

Friday's partnership is their fourth century stand in 10 innings together, and they average more than 50 as a combination batting together.

At the Gabba, their record is even stronger, with their 593 runs together at the ground the most productive of any pairing in history.

Pakistan toiled away on Friday with their No.1 bowler Muhammad Abbas watching on from the sideline, controversially overlooked.

Only 16-year-old debutant Naseem offered any spark, bowling with an average speed of 146km/h in his first over in Test cricket.

Australian Associated Press