Warner in another homegrown Test statement

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David Warner has hit 151no to put Australia on top of Pakistan in the first Test at the Gabba

The only thing David Warner appears to love more than batting in Australia is making a statement with the bat in his home country.

And on Friday, he did both with ease as he racked up his 22nd century in his first Test back in Australia since the ball-tampering ban.

The ton took him to 10th on the list of Australian century-makers, with his 151no at stumps his first century since Boxing Day 2017.

But even after a terrible Ashes series in which he averaged just 9.5, Warner should never have been doubted at home.

Only Don Bradman has scored more runs than Warner in Australia at a higher average than the left-hander's 62.08.

"I've obviously had some success here," Warner said.

"I know the grounds and I know the wickets are nice and true.

"I know what you've got to do early on. I've always felt I try to apply the pressure to the bowlers in Australia. There is not as much movement and I'm able to do that."

Warner has made a habit of making a statement in Australia since the 12-month ban after Cape Town.

In his first game back at home for Randwick-Petersham in Sydney grade cricket last summer, he plundered 155 against St George.

On his Australian first-class return this summer, he hit 125 against Queensland at the Gabba.

And when he played his first international game in this home campaign, he struck another century - thumping an unbeaten 100 off only 56 balls in a Twenty20 against Sri Lanka.

"There's a lot more to life than cricket and I loved the time off to spend with family," Warner said of his time away.

"For me, it was level grounding. I really enjoyed that time off but I'm back now and I've got to keep working hard and keep being respectful of the game.

"Because it can bite you in the backside very fast."

Warner's knock on Friday surpassed his entire Ashes haul in one innings, while the 265 balls he faced also topped how many he survived in 10 Test innings in England.

After he went to tea on 99no, Warner let off off his trademark leap and kissed his badge on turning Yasir Shah around the corner for a single.

He drove gloriously through the covers all day, punishing anything that was too full outside off stump with four of his 10 boundaries through that region.

There were chances, though, as he helped Australia to 1-312 at stumps after a 222-run stand with Joe Burns.

Warner survived a near run-out on 93, had a ball brush his off stump late in the day and was caught behind off Naseem Shah on 56.

But when replays showed the young quick had overstepped, Warner made a bowler pay for such an error with a century for the fourth time in his career.