SYDNEY (AP) — David Warner scored an emotional century and shared a 200-run opening stand with Chris Rogers as Australia blunted India's bowling attack Tuesday on the first day of the fourth test.

Warner smashed 101 and made a tribute to late teammate Phillip Hughes, and Rogers compiled an eventful 95 as the openers went on the attack after captain Steve Smith won the toss and chose to bat first at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

"The thing I'm most proud of is putting up a double-century partnership with Bucky (Rogers)," said Warner. "It's our first one and we bat very well together. That's probably the highlight of the day for me."

India received no respite later in the day as Smith and Shane Watson combined for a 144-run partnership to guide Australia to 348-2.

The skipper continued his good form with an effortless 82 not out, including 10 boundaries. Smith leads the scoring this series with 663 runs, including two 50s and three centuries.

Warner was in imperious form and reached his hundred off 108 balls with a pull shot off Shami for his 16th boundary of the innings. The diminutive opener leaped in celebration of his 12th test century and third of the series, to the delight of his Sydney home crowd of more than 30,000.

"It's very special," said Warner. "I haven't scored a hundred at home or the MCG and I was sort of talking myself out of it. I said to the players I might as well not play those two Tests because I couldn't score a run there."

Earlier, on reaching 63, Warner removed his helmet and kissed the ground near the spot where former test batsman Hughes was fatally injured, when on 63 not out, during a domestic match at the SCG in November. Warner was playing for New South Wales that day and immediately tried to render assistance when his close friend, playing for South Australia, collapsed to the ground.

"It's always going to be in the back of my mind and I'm always going to pay tribute to my little mate," said Warner. "It was in the back of mind the whole time whether I was on 63 or 100, I thought it through that I wanted to pay tribute to my mate and how to do that was I how I did that today.

"Every time I play here I will definitely be doing that."

Only spinner Ravi Ashwin troubled the Australian batsmen, regularly probing outside off stump, and ended the marathon opening partnership at 200, when he found the leading edge of Warner's bat and Murali Vijay took the catch at gully.

Rogers was bowled next over by Mohammad Shami for 95 — his fifth consecutive half-century — trying to flick a delivery to the leg side.

The 37-year-old opener was given a reprieve on 19 by Rahul, who dropped an easy chance at second slip off Shami, giving Virat Kohli a harsh introduction as India's new test captain.

Rogers survived again on 90 when he top edged an Ashwin delivery on to his helmet but the chance was dropped by Suresh Raina running backward from slip.

Watson also benefited from some poor Indian fielding with Ashwin dropping a regulation catch off Umesh Yadav at first slip on the penultimate ball of the day

"It was a very tough day (but) it's very important that we pick ourselves up tonight and try to be as fresh as possible tomorrow," Ashwin said. "It's going to be a hard day. If we can keep them down to (a reasonable score) we can get back into it."

Prior to the start of play, a short video tribute was played on big screens around the SCG followed by an on-field oration to celebrate the short career of the 25 year-old Hughes.

Australia has an unassailable 2-0 series lead, and regained the Border-Gavaskar trophy, with two wins and a draw in the first three tests.