David Warner claims he's found his match at the top after whacking a big century against Pakistan and combining with Joe Burns for Australia's best opening stand in four years.
Warner ended a dominant Friday unbeaten on 151, while Burns struck 97 at the Gabba, as Australia finished the second day at 1-312, in reply to Pakistan's 240.
Marnus Labuschagne also joined the run-fest, unbeaten on 55 at the close.
But it was Warner and Burns' 222-run stand which will most impress coach Justin Langer.
Their tally more than doubled the runs Australia had in 10 opening stands in the Ashes.
It was the most by an opening pair since Warner and Burns put on 237 against New Zealand in 2015 at the same venue - with the Aussies having used 12 other opening combinations since.
The pair joke about their closeness as the odd couple off the field as beauty and the beast but, on it, they mix perfectly.
As a left-hand, right-hand combination, they hold an advantage, while they are also quick to turn over the strike.
They spent 30 minutes in the nets this week running together each time they believed a single was hit, and carried that mentality onto the Gabba.
"We just have this energy about us when we're out there," Warner said.
"We communicate a lot when we're out there ... But the most important thing is rotating strike.
"When we do that well, it's hard for bowlers to put you on the spot.
"I know where he looks to get off the strike as well ... we do that really well."
Burns' combination with Warner is believed to have been part of the reason for his recall after being dropped before the Ashes.
Friday's partnership is their fourth century stand in 10 innings together, and they average more than 50 as a combination.
At the Gabba, their record is even stronger, with their 620 runs combined in three innings at the ground the most productive of any pairing in history.
"I've always said batting with Dave is really easy," Burns said.
"You get down the non-striker's end, you look up and the scoreboard's ticking along. There's no pressure to score."
Burns looked nervy early and could have been accused of tightening up in the 90s before gloving a sweep shot back onto his own stumps off Yasir Shah.
But otherwise, he was impeccable, hooking and driving exciting debutant Naseem Shah and dominating spinner Iftikhar Ahmed, both down the ground and on the sweep.
Warner had his chances.
He survived on 56, edging Naseem behind, only for replays to show the quick had overstepped and Warner was called back.
He was also close to being run out on 93, making his crease by just centimetres to beat a Yasir direct hit.
Regardless, it shouldn't detract from his 22nd Test century and fourth-highest score.
He punished Pakistan through the covers every time they overpitched and pulled with power as his innings went on.
In his first Test back on home soil since the ball-tampering affair, he scored more runs and faced more balls (265) than he did in the entire Ashes.
Pakistan were left to rue dropping their No.1 bowler Mohammad Abbas.
Only 16-year-old Naseem offered any spark as he regularly topped 145km/h, but the visitors struggled to build pressure around him and their fielding fell away.
© AAP 2019