Burns and Warner put Australia on top against Pakistan in 1st Test at the GABBA

David Warner 151* for Australia today
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David Warner scored a superb unbeaten century (151*) and Joe Burns (97), in an opening partnership of 222, putting Australia firmly on top against Pakistan, in the 1st Test, at the Gabba at the close of play, on day two.

Match Summary

Pakistan - 240 (Asad Shafiq 76;Mitchell Starc 4-52)

Australia – 312-1 (87 Overs) – (Joe Burns 97, David Warner 151*)

At the Close - Australia lead Pakistan by 72 runs with 9 wickets remaining

Scorecard

 

 

Although it might be hard to be critical of the make-up and intent of the Pakistan bowling unit as it featured four front-line and two part-time support bowlers, it simply had no impact on the Australian batting, on the second day of the Gabba Test.

The headlines today were stolen by the opening pair of David Warner (151 not out) and Brisbane-born local boy, Joe Burns (97), who with a stand of 222 of put Australia in the driving seat. In reply to Pakistan’s 240 all out, Australia made an aggressive start when its openers David Warner and Joe Burns were allowed to do so by some wayward bowling. The pitch looked bit faster than yesterday but there was not much movement for the bowlers.

As expected, the young lad from Peshawar, Naseem Shah got the maximum attention and in his four over spell he looked a very special talent. At 16 years 279 days, he is the youngest man to make Test debut in Australia, forcing Mohammad Abbas to sit out. In his opening over, Naseem had bowled the fastest ball of the match thus far and soon was to clock 148.1kmh. He has a good action and does not mind staring at the opponents either.

Despite his nightmare in the Ashes series in England against Stuart Broad, Warner wasted no time in opening up with his aggressive approach in batting and running, and he is so much at ‘home’ in the Australian conditions. By the first drinks break, the score had sped to 53-0 off 11 overs and in this scenario off-spinner Iftikhar Ahmed to come in before Yasir Shah was puzzling to say the least. When the leg spinner was given the ball, Australia had progressed to 83-0 off 19 overs and looking ominous. After surviving, a sharp chance to Shan Masood at short leg against Yasir, Warner brought up his fifty off 78 balls. By lunch the opening pair was unscathed and had given a perfect start of 100-0 off 25 overs.

In the post-lunch session, both Warner and Burns, now seen as the new opening partnership to take Australia cricket forward, upped the gear without being reckless. The steady flow of runs against a disciplined bowling is what the crowd witnessed. Left-handed Warner’s intensity and determination never goes amiss as he responded positively to the challenge and

Burns, in his chequered career has been left out on no less than five occasions by the national selectors and recently also pulled out of county cricket in England due to mental health issues. Today’s innings should secure his position for the Australian summer and beyond. Hit on the left elbow by Naseem in the last over before lunch, he did not show any after affects and was never outscored by his senior partner.

At tea the pair had taken Australia to a commanding 195-0 and soon afterwards Warner brought up his 22nd Test hundred, after having a shocker of an Ashes series with just 95 runs in 10 innings. Only three runs short of his hundred, Burns was bowled by Yasir, around his legs, having hit 10 fours in the 166 balls he faced in a partnership of 222, just 18 runs behind Pakistan first innings total.

Pakistan took the new ball after 82.1 and Imran’s delivery shaved the off stump without dislodging the bail, shortly after Warner had gone past 150. Captain Azhar Ali will need to pick up his side after a tough day of Test cricket as his inexperienced pace attack, despite pace and bounce on offer, remained wicket-less. The stronghold of the home side was further strengthened by Marnus Labuschagne looked quite assured in his unbeaten 55 in a stand that has already collected 90 runs for the second wicket and Steven Smith, the modern-day Australian run machine, still padded up in the pavilion.

 

Match Details

 

Australia - Joe Burns, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine(c)(wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

 

Pakistan - Shan Masood, Azhar Ali(c), Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Babar Azam

Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Imran Khan

 

Start Time: 00:00

Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat

Venue: Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane

Officials: Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Michael Gough, Sam Nogajski, Jeffrey Crowe

 

 

 

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