5 Nov 2015

Australia on the brink of 400 after day one

8:54 pm on 5 November 2015

Day one of the first test between Australia and New Zealand in Brisbane has come to an end with the hosts making 389 for the loss of two wickets on a hot Gabba pitch.

The Australia batsman David Warner celebrates his half century.

The Australia batsman David Warner celebrates his half century. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Australia's opening batsman, David Warner, set the tone for the home side, nothing up 163 runs before being caught by Ross Taylor in the slips of Jimmy Neesham's bowling.

The first day appears to have belonged to Australia, with their number three batsman, Usman Khawaja also bringing up a century, he's unbeaten on 102.

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David Warner told Sky Sport he's proud of how he batted.

"It was really hot out there and it was quite challenging, we knew if we got through the new ball and try and negate their swing bowlers we could make it up there at the end.

Australia's captain, Steve Smith, is the other batsman at the crease, he's on 41.

Tim Southee was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers on day one, he picked up the wicket of Joe Burns (71) and had an economy of 3.32 runs per over.

New Zealand's Tim Southee in action during the first day of the Black Caps' tour of Australia, in the first test at Brisbane on 5 November 2015.

New Zealand's Tim Southee in action during the first day of the Black Caps' tour of Australia, in the first test at Brisbane on 5 November 2015. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Of the other bowlers, Jimmy Neesham had one wicket for an economy of 5.14 from his seven overs, Doug Bracewell bowled two maidens and had an economy of 4.39 while spinner Mark Craig bowled three maidens with no wickets from his 21 overs.

After applying the pressure early in the first session, a runout opportunity appeared for Brendon McCullum, but his throw was slightly too high to the bowlers end, giving Joe Burns a second life.

A number of chances went begging for the Black Caps, Usman Khawaja was almost runout as well but was too quick to the crease line for New Zealand's fielders.

The Black Caps have also used up one of their two decision reviews off the bowling of Doug Bracewell in an attempt to claim the wicket of David Warner, but the LBW decision was deemed not out.

Play will resume tomorrow at 1pm New Zealand time.

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