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David Warner registered his 22nd Test ton

David Warner piled on the misery on Pakistan, intensifying Australia's stranglehold as the visitors managed to pick just one wicket on the second day of the first Test in Brisbane. Warner led the charge from atop, unbeaten on 151 on his return to Test cricket at home, scoring his first century in nearly two years, riding his luck along the way. He shared an opening stand of 222 with Joe Burns before adding 90 with Marnus Labuschagne thereafter, batting through the day. When stumps were drawn at the Gabba, Australia ended the day on 313 for 1, leading by 72 in what was a deflating day for the visitors.

Warner was unbeaten on 99 when play resumed in the final session. He was stuck on the number for quite a while before sneaking a single to reach his 22nd Test ton - an emotional one for the left-hander. Burns, on the other hand, wasn't so lucky, bowled around leg while going for the sweep three short of his own century. He had played beautifully for his 97, but an inside edge off an attempted sweep had the ball knock off his stumps, giving Yasir Shah the only wicket of the day. Australia soon were into the lead, with Labuschagne continuing to nail down his spot in the XI with his fifth half-century in eight Test innings, unbeaten on 55. The second new ball was available, but Pakistan didn't opt for it, leaving the batsmen to keep the scoreboard ticking. On the brink of stumps, a delivery from Imran Khan brushed the offstump, but the bails didn't come off as Warner continued to make his chances count on Friday (November 22).

Pakistan came close to breaking the 200-run partnership two overs after lunch when Warner got an inside edge to the 'keeper, going after a wide one that he could've left. It would've been teenager Naseem Shah's maiden Test wicket, had it not been for him overstepping by quite a distance. Pakistan would've hoped that the direct hit from the deep would've caught Warner short, but he had just about made it in time. Pakistan's desperation to get Warner stretched to them reviewing a caught-behind call that had nothing on it. He was also dropped at short leg when on 49, looking to work a ball away, and nearly even dragged one back on soon after, only to survive.

After an insipid first session where the Pakistan bowlers bowled too short and too wide, they delivered with much more discipline in the first hour after Lunch. Australia's openers were made to work hard for their runs in that period, with the boundaries drying up. However, Naseem's let-off of Warner seemed to have had a bearing on Pakistan's morale, evident in their body language which seemed to fall flat, their fielding was not as good as it was at the start of the day, as Australia pair powered on.

Burns used his feet well in what was his second fifty in three Test innings, attacking the spinners, while Warner punished anything that had a bit of width. He pierced the gaps, playing through the covers, cutting and driving to perfect timing. Burns, on home turf, having been recalled to the side made the opportunity count too as the pair's positive intent shone through from the start, picking out the quick singles and converting the ones to twos. Burns played the patient game after returning to the side. He edged the first ball he faced that fell short of the 'keeper and nearly fell to a reflex shy at the stumps from Shan Masood at short leg. Even a dive wouldn't have saved Burns, but the stumps were untouched.

Brief scores: Pakistan 240 (Azhar Ali 39, Shaan Masood 27, Asad Shafiq 76; Mitchell Stars 4-52, Josh Hazlewood 2-46, Pat Cummins 3-60) trail Australia 313/1 (David Warner 151*, Joe Burns 97, Marnus Labuschagne 55*; Yasir Shah 1-101) by 72 runs.

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