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PHOTOS, Day 1: India strike late after Warner slams century

Last updated on: December 09, 2014 15:56 IST
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Images from Day One of the first Test between Australia and India in Adelaide on Tuesday.

 Indian players celebrate the dismissal of Australia's Mitch Marsh on Day 1 of the first Test at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday

India's players celebrate the dismissal of Australia's Mitchell Marsh on Day 1 of the first Test at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

India's bowlers fought back with a flurry of late wickets even as all-rounder Steven Smith took Australia to 354-6 at stumps on Day 1 of the first Test at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.

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Smith and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh (41) added 87 runs before the latter was caught in the slips off the bowling of pacer Varun Aaron.

Steve Smith of Australia bats on Tuesday

Steve Smith of Australia bats on Day 1. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Night-watchman Nathan Lyon was bowled for three by Mohammed Shami before wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was caught behind for a duck, nicking at the paceman, bringing the day to a close.

Smith added an unbeaten 72 after tea to push Australia’s score beyond the 350-run mark.

David Warner of Australia scores a boundary off Mohammed Shami of India on Day One of the first Test at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday

Australia's David Warner scores a boundary off Mohammed Shami on Day 1. Photograph: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Earlier, Australia's opening batsman David Warner compiled a glorious, emotion-tinged century after lunch.

The pugnacious 28-year-old tore into India's hapless pacemen from his first delivery, crunching 14 boundaries at a sun-baked Adelaide Oval after the match began on a solemn note following tributes to batsman Phillip Hughes.

Cricket's resumed in Australia nearly two weeks after the Australia opener's death.

David Warner of Australia walks off the ground after his dismissal on Tuesday 

David Warner walks off the ground after his dismissal. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Warner became India spinner Karn Sharma’s maiden Test victim when he was eventually dismissed for 145, caught on the boundary by Ishant Sharma.

The left-hander walked back after a superb innings that was studded with 19 boundaries.

Warner was replaced at the crease by Mitchell Marsh.

Chris Rogers of Australia is caught out after edging the ball off the bowling of Ishant Sharma of India

Australia opener Chris Rogers is caught after edging the ball off the bowling of Ishant Sharma. Photograph: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Warner had earlier blasted an imperious cover drive for four off the first delivery he faced from paceman Varun Aaron.

That was one of seven boundaries he struck in the first four overs as he hogged the strike and left his opening partner Chris Rogers watching in admiration.

Shane Watson of Australia walks from the ground after he was dismissed by India's Varun Aaron

Australia's Shane Watson walks off the ground after being dismissed by Varun Aaron. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Warner's opening partner Rogers (9) and Shane Watson (14) were the two batsmen out during the first session, Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron getting a wicket each.

Both batsmen were dismissed, caught by Shikhar Dhawan at second slip.

David Warner of Australia celebrates his century against India at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday

David Warner celebrates his century. Photograph: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Warner drove a single off leg-spinner Karn Sharma to bring up his 100 off 106 deliveries, and after tearing off his helmet and kissing the crest, he leaped for joy, raising his hands and head to the sky in a poignant tribute to fallen teammate, Hughes.

He and Australia captain Michael Clarke embraced long and hard in the centre of the ground as the crowd roared their approval in a standing ovation.

David Warner of Australia avoids a bouncer from Varun Aaron of India

David Warner avoids a bouncer from Varun Aaron. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Hughes died in hospital two days after being struck by a short ball in a domestic match when batting, prompting a debate over the use of bouncers in cricket.

It was not until the first ball of the fourth over that Aaron banged one in, a textbook delivery that prompted applause from the crowd of under 20,000 and which Warner did well to avoid.

"Have stayed up to watch the first session from Oz. Glad the first bouncer was applauded," former England spinner Graeme Swann posted on Twitter.

Candice Falzon, fiancee of David Warner kisses their daughter Ivy after the Australian batsman completed his century on Tuesday

Candice Falzon, fiancee of David Warner, kisses their daughter Ivy after the Australian batsman completed his century. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Warner responded by slashing at the next delivery, a miscued shot that bounced just clear of chasing fielders and dribbled to the rope for four.

He raised his 50 with a pull to the fence, glancing at the sky as he raised his bat, and did so again when he reached 63, the score Hughes was on when he was struck down in a Sheffield Shield match in Sydney.

Michael Clarke of Australia is checked by team doctor Peter Brukner before getting off the field retired hurt

Michael Clarke is examined by team doctor Peter Brukner before leaving the field retired hurt. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

The crowd rose to their feet a few minutes after the drinks break as Clarke reached his 50, celebrating the milestone with a more subdued wave of the bat at the crowd.

However, he retired hurt before tea.

Clarke was on 60 when he twisted to avoid a short ball from Ishant Sharma. He tried to stretch out the injury with medical staff but trudged off minutes later with Australia on 206-2.

Michael Clarke of Australia looks up to the sky in tribute to the late Phillip Hughes after reaching 63 on Tuesday

Michael Clarke looks up to the sky in tribute to the late Phillip Hughes after completing his half century. Photograph: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

The 33-year-old had just returned to the team after a hamstring strain, his third in three months.

Clarke, who has battled a back condition throughout his career, appeared in full control against India's bowlers and his retirement subdued the crowd of over 20,000 at the Oval.

A Cricket Australia spokeswoman said Clarke had hurt his lower back when batting at the Adelaide Oval and it was causing him "considerable pain".

She added that he left the ground for treatment.

Steve Smith of Australia plays a cut short on Tuesday

Steve Smith plays a cut short on Tuesday. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Clarke was replaced by Steven Smith in the middle.

Smith then played a cracking cover drive into the gap perfectly for a boundary. He also looked in superb touch right from the start.

He used his feet well against spinner Sharma and hit the bad balls to the fence.

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