Matt Renshaw relishes maiden Test ton

Apparently there's still some shadows of the Melbourne weather lingering in the heads of the Australian cricket team, because they are not mucking around on day one of the third test against Pakistan in Sydney. David Warner scored a brilliant century off just 78 balls, while Matt Renshaw stayed unbeaten on 167. I guess it depends how much we'll use him, how the game goes.

The poor start to the Sydney Test sees Pakistan staring at the prospect of their 12th consecutive long-format defeat in Australia, a run that started from the 1999 Brisbane Test.

David Warner paid tribute to Phillip Hughes after peeling off an astonishing Test century at the SCG on Tuesday.

Renshaw will seek to convert his maiden Test hundred into a double-ton on Wednesday, when Australia resume at 3-365 on day two of their third Test against Pakistan.

The 30-year-old emitted a roar of delight before his traditional celebratory leap into the air, despite being unaware he had joined some select company.

Warner became the first Australian since Bradman in 1930 to fashion a hundred in the first session of the first day of a Test, and the first to do so on Australian soil.

After Smith won the toss and announced two changes to the Melbourne team, Steve O'Keefe and Cartwright, Warner rocketed away with a volley of boundaries in the first two overs of the match, the second of which was bowled by one of Pakistan's inclusions, Imran Khan.

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"There is that sort of healthy competitive nature there", Smith said on Monday when asked about his friendly rivalry with Warner. "I think the selectors probably have an eye on India and the guys that are possible to be there".

"I only began to think about it when I was on about 80 and there were 25 minutes to go before lunch", Warner said.

Renshaw meanwhile was content to play his normal game and not get carried away by Warner's fireworks. "It's more than likely that we're going to play two of those three spinners, which means we'll also have to look to fit in an all-rounder", Lehmann said. The previous-highest score Test score by any Australian as young as Renshaw was the 164 made by Archie Jackson in Adelaide in 1929.

He eventually scored 180 runs off 190 balls.

The Sydney test is a wonderful thing, I tell you.

Pakistan (from): Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Nawaz, Sarfraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asghar, Sohail Khan.

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