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Burns, Khawaja power Australia in second test

AP

Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja brought up their centuries in the space of three deliveries after tea Saturday as Australia finished the opening day of the second test against the West Indies on a dominant 345-3.

Burns guided a short Jomel Warrican delivery through point for three runs to reach 100. Two balls later, Khawaja — returning after missing the last two tests with a hamstring injury — snatched a single to complete his third century from three tests.

Burns and Khawaja shared 258 runs until Burns was stumped on 128. Khawaja was caught behind off Taylor (2-83) for 144.

David Warner was dismissed early in the day after scoring 23 off 12 balls.

Steven Smith was unbeaten on 32 at stumps with Adam Voges on 10.

Burns and Khawaja shared an unbroken second-wicket stand of 164 runs — including 122 in the afternoon session — against some mixed West Indies bowling after Australia was sent in to bat following a delay of an hour due to rain at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The only wicket to fall was that of opener Warner, who stroked five boundaries in the first three overs, scoring 23 off 12 balls before skying a short-pitched Jerome Taylor (1-48) delivery to Marlon Samuels at extra-cover.

After working cautiously up to the lunch break, Burns and Khawaja batted more expansively in the second session.

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