Australia in charge of opening Test against Pakistan

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Australia have gained a 72-run first-innings lead against Pakistan in the first Test at Brisbane.

The hosts ended day 2 on 312-1 in response to Pakistan’s 240.

David Warner made a statement with the bat (151 not out) as he struck his first Test century since returning from his ball-tampering ban.

He shared an opening partnership of 222 with Joe Burns, who fell for 97, while Marnus Labuschagne will resume on Saturday unbeaten on 55.

Warner survived a scare on the way to his 22nd Test ton.

He benefited from a reprieve on 56 when he was caught behind off the bowling of Pakistan’s 16-year-old debutant Naseem Shah as TV replays showed he had overstepped the mark.

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