[caption id="attachment_673328" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-673328" alt="David Warner Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/David-Warner.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> David Warner Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>David Warner plundered England's bowling on a flat pitch to put Australia in a commanding position on the opening day of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/the-ashes-2017-18-200462/live-scores/australia-vs-england-live-cricket-score-4th-test-match-183052-summary.html" target="_blank">the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne on Tuesday</a>. <p></p> <p></p>Warner capitalised on Australia winning the toss and had his first century of the series in sight after an ominous opening session. <p></p> <p></p>Australia have already reclaimed the Ashes after taking an unassailable three-nil lead in the five-Test series and are chasing a 5-0 whitewash over the beleaguered tourists. <p></p> <p></p>At lunch, Warner was on 83 from 93 balls with Cameron Bancroft providing the anchor role of the opening partnership on 19 with Australia 102 without loss. <p></p> <p></p>The Australian openers set up a platform with a steady opening hour, scoring 37 runs before breaking the shackles in the hour before lunch. <p></p> <p></p>Warner scored an unbeaten 87 in the second innings of the first Brisbane Test and was poised to surpass that in bat-friendly conditions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. <p></p> <p></p>It was the first toss captain Joe Root has lost in the series and a potentially bad one to lose on a straw-coloured pitch under cloudless skies with a hard day in the field in the offing for England. <p></p> <p></p>Stuart Broad went wicket-less in his first seven-over spell and had the unflattering figures of 0-197 from 61 overs since he last took a wicket, on day two of the second Adelaide Test. <p></p> <p></p>Debutant Tom Curran came into the attack in the 20th over and bowled with gusto but without any cut through. <p></p> <p></p>Cricket Australia expect the Boxing Day crowd to likely to surpass the 91,112 that made Ashes history in 2013-14 even though England had already lost the series. <p></p> <p></p>The Australian players were wearing black armbands in memory of Thomas Maggs, wicketkeeper Tim Paine's father-in-law, who passed away on Sunday.