AUSTRALIA batsman David Warner paid tribute to his former international team-mate Phillip Hughes on his way to amassing a century as the hosts dominated an emotional first day of the fourth Test with India in Sydney.
Warner struck 101 but removed his helmet and kissed the ground close to the spot where Hughes was fatally injured by a Sean Abbott bouncer in November while on 63 – the score the South Australia batsman had reached when struck.
“I’m always going to pay tribute to my mate,” he said. “Every time I play here I’ll definitely be doing that.”
Warner needed just 108 balls to score his 12th Test century and shared an opening stand of 200 with Chris Rogers, who made 95, as Australia closed on 348-2.
Darren Lehmann’s Australia hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.