Australia v Pakistan: first Test, day two – live!

By on November 22, 2019










Thanks very much, Geoff. Pleasure to again be knocking down what you’re setting up. I guess that makes me Lillee and you Thommo. Or am I Devito and you Schwarzenegger? I’m digressing before I’ve even started, which isn’t the best way to kick start affairs – unlike today’s riposte by Warner and Burns. With the benefit of context, it’s safe to say this is an agreeable batting deck. It’s also safe to Pakistan have an awful lot of work ahead if they’re to get back into this Test match. Fewer no-balls on wicket deliveries would help. Please join me for what’s left of day two (and there’s a fair bit of it) by sending me an email or getting in touch via Twitter – @scott_heinrich. Or, if you’re partial to a splash of Brut cologne, feel free to participate on the inside.





39th over: Australia 140-0 (Warner 75, Burns 57) Shaheen, left-arm around the wicket at Burns, and the batsmen are taking sharp singles now with drinks due in a moment. A couple of tip-and-run types, including one that requires a big dive from Burns. He makes it in though, and these openers have batted half the day. That’s drinks, and that’s me done. Scott Heinrich will be your company from here.

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Half century! Burns 50 from 85 balls





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Lunch – Australia 100 without loss, trailing Pakistan’s 240













Half century! Warner 50 from 78 balls





























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Preamble

What ho, fine friends. Good morrow. Good marrow. Of your bones and in your gardens both. Here’s hoping. Time to sniff the flowers and biff with power. We’ve had one day of Test cricket in the Australian summer and it was a beauty – momentum shifts, danger, sturdy resistance, late drama, and ultimately closure. Pakistan were bowled out on the stroke of stumps. Fought brilliantly through the morning session via Azhar and Shan Masood, collapsed through the middle, then fought again at the end via Shafiq with help from Rizwan and Yasir. They’ve made 240 which will at least give their quicks something to bowl at. Today it’s Australia’s turn: how will the new-old batting line-up fare? Can’t wait.



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