England have got scared eyes at the moment, says David Warner

David WarnerAustralia's David Warner raises his bat to fans as he walks off the field during the third day's play of the first Ashes cricket test match against England in Brisbane (Reuters)

Irrepressible Australian opener David Warner said he detected fear in the eyes of the English after brushing aside a troubled year off the field with a brilliant century on it in the first Ashes test at the Gabba on Saturday.

Warner scored 124 and combined with his captain Michael Clarke in a third wicket partnership of 158 runs to help his country take a firm grip on the contest and leave England needing to score a record 561 runs in their fourth innings for victory.

After paying credit to his bowlers for skittling England for 136 on Friday, Warner laid out a somewhat unsophisticated gameplan for how they would go about securing Australia's first test victory in 10 matches over the next two days.

"We'll take the third wicket tomorrow morning and hopefully we take the rest after that," he told reporters.

"Our bowlers are bowling fast at the moment. England are on the back foot. It does look like they've got scared eyes at the moment.

"The boys are on a high at the moment but we have to get the job done and come out tomorrow and take eight wickets. It will be massive to get a 1-0 lead in the five-test series."

The 27-year-old missed the first two tests in the opening Ashes series of the year, which Australia lost 3-0, after punching England batsman Joe Root and has also been disciplined for a Twitter rant against a couple of journalists.

It was off Root's bowling that he secured his fourth test century, and first against the English, but Warner was not interested in any discussions about redemption.

"I'm just going about my business the way I have to score runs for the team," he said.

"And that's what I have to do. It's not about me getting the public perception back or anything, it's about me trying my best for the team, and us trying to be in position to win games."

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