07/11/2015 7:52 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST

David Warner And Joe Burns Help Australia To Huge Lead Over New Zealand At The Gabba


Joe Burns and David Warner continued their blossoming opening partnership with a double century combination during the third day of the first Test against New Zealand at the Gabba.

An historic twin ton for David Warner put Australia in a formidable position, while Burns notched his maiden century with back-to-back sixes before the teams were called off the field in the final session.

The hosts returned to make 4/264 by the time the umpires called players off for bad light. Australia now has a lead of 503 runs, with Adam Voges unbeaten on 1 and Usman Khawaja on 9 not out.

Australia had dismissed the Black Caps in the first innings for 317, which was highlighted by 140 from Kane Williamson, but declined to enforce the follow-on.

Warner then became only the third player to score twin centuries three times in his Test career, before Australia lost Burns (129), Steve Smith (1) and Mitchell Marsh (2) before the close.