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Australia make steady progress on day one after Smith century

Steve Smith led from the front once again
Steve Smith led from the front once again

Australia 288-3 (Smith 110no) v Pakistan
First Test, Brisbane, day one

Steven Smith continued his dream run with the bat as he notched another fine unbeaten century to help Australia post 288 for three at stumps on day one of the first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane.

Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Matt Rehshaw (71) and David Warner (32) scored five boundaries combined in as many overs and by the end of the first hour they managed 42 runs without losing a wicket.

An unlikely cautious approach from Warner saw him trapped LBW by Mohammad Amir (1-40) in the 24th over, ending his 70-run opening stand with Renshaw.

Usman Khawaja (4) could not carry forward his momentum from the South African series as he was caught at short midwicket off Yasir Shah (1-97) in the next over.

Renshaw and Smith (110 not out) saw through the remaining overs and took Australia to 89 for two at the end of the first session.

Smith stepped up the accelerator in the second session scoring three boundaries in two overs while Renshaw notched his maiden half-century.

Boundaries started coming more freely and in the first 10 overs of the second session, the pair scored 53 runs. After a 76-run stand with Smith, Renshaw was caught behind off Wahab Riaz (1-52).

A tight spell from Amir slowed things down but could not prevent the Australian captain from completing another fine half-century. Just at the stroke of the dinner break, Smith was dropped by Sarfraz Ahmed as Australia scored 182 for three.

Handscomb scored his second Test fifty in the final session and the pair's 50-run stand came in 116 deliveries.

The very first over with the second new ball saw Smith nicking an Amir delivery behind the stumps but Pakistan did not even appeal to it. The Australian skipper had no complaints as he completed his 16th Test century and Australia ended the day at 288 for three.

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