Warner whacks double ton; Aus end day one at 416-2

The home side won the toss and elected to bat, with David Warner on 244 and Steve Smith on five.

Australia's David Warner celebrates reaching his double-century during the first day of the second cricket test match against New Zealand at the WACA ground in Perth, on Friday.   -  REUTERS

Australia were 416 for two at stumps on the opening day of the second Test against New Zealand at the WACA Ground on Friday.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat, with David Warner on 244 and Steve Smith on five. Usman Khawaja made 121 in a record 302-run second-wicket partnership with Warner.

David Warner reached his 4,000-run mark with his maiden double hundred, which is also his third consecutive century. Opting to bat first, Australia saw a 101-run opening partnership between Joe Burns (40) and Warner before the latter constructed a mammoth 302-run stand for the second wicket with Usman Khawaja.

New Zealand pace spearhead Trent Boult continued to struggle with his form as he failed to swing the ball and gave away 99 runs in his 17 overs. Australia are leading the three-match series 1-0 after crushing New Zealand by 208 runs at the Gabba in the first Test.

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