Usman Khawaja remained not out on 102 at the end of play scoring his first Test ton ©Getty Images
Usman Khawaja remained not out on 102 at the end of play scoring his first Test ton ©Getty Images

Australia will look to build on a massive score in the first innings, after they reached a record 389/2 at stumps at the end of Day One, of the first Test at The Gabba in Brisbane on Thursday.With Usman Khawaja scoring a hundred and Steven Smith nearing his half-century still on the crease, Australia are likely to cross the 500-run barrier and bring in more misery for the New Zealand bowlers on Day Two. Smith, after winning the toss did not hesitate to bat first on a wicket which was looking like a good batting track. David Warner and Joe Burns came to open for Australia, and were  slow start in the opening five overs. As soon as the ball lost it’s swing it was time for the batsmen to pounce on. Warner and Burns wasted no time in smashing the ball all around the park. Warner hit consecutive fours to make a mincemeat of the bowling. Warner brought up his 20th half-century, whereas Burns was still pacing his innings. Before lunch, Warner and Burns had put up a solid stand for the first wicket with Australia placed at 100 for zero. New Zealand bowlers were dominated badly with Brendon McCullum looking out of place as captain. LIVE SCORECARD: Australia vs New Zealand 2015, 1st Test at Brisbane

Warner post lunch came into his own started hitting boundaries very frequently. Joe Burns also decided to play a few shots in the process bringing his 3rd half-century. Burns complimented Warner on the other end picking six off Mark Craig. Burns completed his 3rd half-century before getting out to Tim Southee.

Usman Khawaja, who is playing for Australia after a gap of two years started off good hitting fluent fours. Khawaja supported Warner who was on prime form post injury. Warner hit his 3rd 150 plus score as Australia crossed 300. Warner got out to Jimmy Neesham as Ross Taylor took a blinder at slips. The Australian captain started his innings with a four of the second ball. Smith who is in his first series as Australia’s permanent captain took on the bowling remaining on 41 not out at the end of play.  Live Cricket Score, Australia vs New Zealand 2015, 1st Test at Brisbane, Day 1: Australia dominate day 1 at stumps

For Australia, Khawaja scored his first ever Test ton in his 10th match for the country. Khawaja hit 10 fours and 2 sixes in his innings of 102 remaining not out at stumps. Smith and Khawaja have a 71-run ongoing partnership. New Zealand bowlers have toiled hard on the field without any positive results. Doug Bracewell, Craig and Southee have showed sparks in between, bowling close to their potential. As the close of play, Australia were only 11 runs away form 400 and will look to cross 500 run early on day 2.  Brendon McCullum will want to come up with more innovative ideas and plans to gets Australian wickets on the pitch that is as flat and lifeless.

Brief scores:

Australia 389 for 2 (David Warner 163, Joe Burns 71, Usman Khawaja 102*, Steven Smith 41*; Jimmy Neesham 1 for 36, Tim Southee 1 for 63) vs New Zealand

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(Vishal Mehra is a reporter at CricketCountry, who enjoys his weekly dose of anime as refreshment for the soul and plays cricket once a white moon. His twitter handle is @vishal_oxyjinn)