Australia v West Indies: Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns both score centuries on day one
January 26, 2016, 4:11 pm    

Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja both hit hundreds as Australia again dominated the West Indies on day one of the second Test in Melbourne.

Burns (128) and Khawaja (144) - back in the side after missing the first Test with a hamstring injury - notched their tons within three balls of each other.
Australia emphatically won the first Test in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs, and smashed 345-3 on Boxing Day at the MCG.

West Indies won the toss decided to bowl first after rain delayed the start of play by an hour, and although they made an early breakthrough with David Warner falling in the fifth over to Jerome Taylor (2-83), albeit for a quickfire 23 off 12 balls, the visitors would regret that decision.
Warner`s opening partner, Burns, who the selectors kept faith with over Shaun Marsh - dropped despite hitting 182 in the first Test - put on 258 for the second wicket with the returning Khawaja.

The West Indies had an opportunity to remove Khawaja when on 23, but the man at gully put down the chance off Taylor.
No further chances were forthcoming, and Burns and Khawaja both went through to impressive hundreds in the fifth over after tea - the latter has now not been dismissed for less than 100 in any format of the game since October.

The stand was eventually ended when Burns was stumped on 128 coming down the track to part-time off-spinner Kraigg Brathwaite (1-31), and Khawaja was dismissed down the leg side to Taylor after the tourists took the second new ball - although he was again put down at cover two overs prior.
Skipper Steve Smith moved through to 32 by stumps, with Hobart Test double-centurion Adam Voges on 10, as the hosts again look to post a big score and secure a 2-0 series win, with one Test to play.
So far in the series, Australia have amassed 928 runs for the loss of just seven wickets and the West Indies last won a Test in Australia almost 18 years ago.
Watch exclusively live coverage of day two of the second Test between Australia and West Indies from Melbourne on Sky Sports 2 HD at 11.30pm on Saturday.




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