Australia in complete control in second test against West Indies

By Stuff.co.nz
 Usman Khawaja of Australia celebrates his century with Joe Burns (L). *Photo credit: Stuff.co.nz


Usman Khawaja of Australia celebrates his century with Joe Burns (L).
*Photo credit: Stuff.co.nz

STUFF.CO – Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns rewarded the Australian selectors’ faith with a pair of sparkling centuries as the hosts dominated a limp West Indies attack on the opening day of the second test on Saturday.

Having recovered from a hamstring strain, Khawaja celebrated his recall with a glittering 144, with Queensland team mate Burns making 128 in front of a festive Melbourne Cricket Ground crowd to drive Australia to 345-3 at stumps.

The pair’s 258-run stand remained unbroken until well into the final session, with captain Steve Smith (32 not out) and Adam Voges (10) untested during the final overs.

After a run of modest scores, Burns was widely tipped to make way for the returning Khawaja but it was middle order batter Shaun Marsh making way for the stylish left-hander.

“It was just a nice feeling to make a 100 for Australia on Boxing Day,” Burns told reporters.

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