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Younus Khan Century Sets Up Pakistan

Younus Khan celebrates
Younus Khan is the first Pakistan basman to score Test centuries against all nine other Test-playing teams
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Pakistan 219-4 (Younus Khan 106) v Australia
First Test, Dubai, day one

Younus Khan became the first Pakistani to score a Test century against all other Test-playing nations as he helped his side close day one of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on 219 for four.

Younus hit 106 in 223 balls and along with Azhar Ali (53), helped Pakistan recover from losing their openers inside the first four overs.

Mitchell Johnson took three wickets and Peter Siddle one for Australia, who handed debuts to all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe.

Pakistan also fielded two debutants in leg-spinner Yasir Shah and fast bowler Imran Khan.

Neither Marsh nor O'Keefe took a wicket as Younus and Azhar batted for almost 50 overs together to overcome the early departures of Mohammad hafeez (0) and Ahmed Shehzad (3).

Hafeez was trapped in front by Johnson as he missed an inswinger before Shehzad was clean bowled around his legs by Siddle.

From seven for two, Pakistan inched to lunch at 50 for two with Younus and Azhar playing necessarily patient innings.

After lunch, Azhar fell for 52 in 167 balls when he drove a Johnson slower ball to Alex Doolan at short cover, ending the 108-run stand for the third wicket.

Pakistan reached tea at 125 for three.

Younus then reached his 25th Test century, only to succumb to Johnson, leg before wicket, not long after.

Misbah-ul-Haq was unbeaten on 34 in 103 ball and Asad Shafiq had made nine in 36 at stumps.

Johnson finished the day with figures of three for 22 and Siddle one for 27 with Nathan Lyon and Steve Smith the other two bowlers used as well as Marsh and O'Keefe.

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