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Australia in command in Melbourne

13th January 2018, 15:01 by Tom Hill

Australia opener David Warner scored a century as England found the going difficult on day one of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

The Aussie opener was quick to get into a rhythm and he took advantage of the tourist's poor attack as they struggled to get to grips with the surface just days after they surrendered the Ashes in Perth.

England did show some fight, lead by debutant Tom Curran, who thought he had his maiden Test wicket when Warner edged his delivery on 99, only for replays to show it was a no ball.

Warner was eventually dismissed for 103, but captain Steve Smith is nicely poised on 65no and appears to have laid the foundations for a strong partnership with Shaun Marsh (31no).

While Cameron Bancroft and Usman Khawaja only made 26 and 17 respectively, Australia finished the day on 244-3 in front of 88,172 spectators.

England will need a fast start on Wednesday as they look to avoid going 4-0 down in the series.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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