Australia off to a flying start in first Test v New Zealand

AUSTRALIA is off to a strong start on the first day of the first Test against New Zealand at the Gabba, after captain Steve Smith won the toss and opted to bat.

The Aussies are in a terrific position, reaching 0-100 from 25 overs at lunch.

Openers Joe Burns (43 not out) and David Warner (54 not out) navigated their way through a tough first hour, with Black Caps quick Tim Southee in particular getting some good swing.

It took Queensland man and debutant Joe Burns 20 balls to get off the mark, driving a Trent Boult half volley for four.

But at lunch the hosts were flying, with both settling into a rhythm and finding the boundary often, hitting seven each, while Warner also blazed a straight six.

In an emotional pre-game ceremony, representatives of the Australian and New Zealand military were in attendance to acknowledge the Anzac centenary in Gallipoli.

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