Spartan stars Mitchell Johnson and Joe Burns have helped Australia take a 1-0 lead over New Zealand in the first test at the Gabba, with a 208-run win early on Day 5.

Burns had a pleasing return to Australia’s test lineup, amassing a total of 200 runs: 71 in the first innings, then earning his maiden test century in the second innings with an impressive 129 off 123 balls. What’s more impressive: he brought up his century with back-to-back sixes.

After his second innings Burns said ” it’s a very special day, especially the fact that its in Brisbane as well, a very emotional moment”.

Despite not being required to bat in either innings, with the ball in hand Mitchell Johnson‘s pace and bounce wreaked havoc. He earned three scalps in the first innings (Taylor, McCullum and Watling), before collecting Neesham in the second innings courtesy of a Joe Burns catch. He may have had another to his name, had Burns been  hold on to a couple of tough chances at short leg.

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