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Aussies 3-365 after Warner, Renshaw tons

AAP logoAAP 2/01/2017 Rob Forsaith

A pre-lunch ton from David Warner has powered Australia to an imposing total of 3-365 at stumps on day one of the third Test against Pakistan, leaving fellow centurion Matt Renshaw and countless others in awe.

Warner raced to three figures in just 78 deliveries and 118 minutes at the SCG, exposing the tourists in an unprecedented show of dominance on Tuesday.

The dashing opener became just the fifth batsman in the 140-year history of Test cricket to celebrate a hundred in the first session of a game.

That accomplished list includes Don Bradman, like so many in the sport, but prior to Warner nobody had ever achieved the fabled feat in Australia.

"I wasn't aware about the stats ... it's obviously an honour and a privilege to be among those greats," Warner said of the national first he achieved in the 410th Test hosted by Australia since 1877.

"I said to myself I could definitely wait until after lunch.

"I told the youngster (Renshaw) that with a couple of minutes to go we had to knuckle down, get through to lunch ... (but then) the adrenaline was pumping."

Renshaw adopted a decidedly different approach, taking 201 balls and three sessions to compile his maiden Test hundred and finish the day 167 not out.

The 20-year-old scored a single run in the same time it took his vice-captain to score 38 of them, and the youngest member of the side was on 21 when Warner was 100.

"That first session was a bit of a whirlwind. Davey was absolutely smoking them and I was sort of trudging along," Renshaw said.

"That's probably the first time I've been booed and cheered for blocking the ball in the same over.

"He plays shots that I can't, so I generally don't try to copy him too much."

The openers shared a 151-run stand, giving the hosts an ideal platform to push for a 3-0 series sweep despite the cheap dismissals of Usman Khawaja (13) and Steve Smith (24).

Warner celebrated wildly in the final over before the meal break, having scampered back for a third run to complete his 18th Test ton, but lamented his caught-behind dismissal on 113.

"I did get greedy," he said.

Renshaw switched gears after tea, almost doubling his score by adding 84 runs in the final session.

The burly youngster was assessed for concussion and needed a new helmet after a nasty bouncer blow from Mohammad Amir on 91. He batted on and further demoralised the tourists by successfully reviewing an incorrect lbw decision, then seeing off the second new ball.

"He's a young kid. To be 167 not out and bat through a whole day is fantastic ... he's got a bright future ahead of him," Warner said.

"We complement each other."

Warner was in his element after Smith won the toss, feasting on anything short and/or wide. There was plenty of both.

The visitors were also guilty of sloppy fielding. The most cringe-worthy culprit was captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who gifted Warner one of his 17 boundaries in the third over when the ball passed between his legs.

TEST HUNDREDS SCORED BEFORE LUNCH ON DAY ONE

1902: 103 not out Victor Trumper v England, Manchester

1926: 112no Charles Macartney v England, Leeds

1930: 105no Don Bradman v England, Leeds

1976: 108no Majid Khan v New Zealand, Karachi

2017: 100no David Warner v Pakistan at SCG.

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