BRISBANE: Australia captain Steve Smith shone within the Gabba floodlights with a glowing century to place Australia in a commanding place on day one of many first test towards Pakistan on Thursday.
Smith´s unbeaten one hundred ten drove Australia to 288 for 3 at stumps, as Pakistan´s bowlers toiled on a scorching day within the area and loved little aid within the cool of the night because the pink ball made its Brisbane debut.
Peter Handscomb, who shared in an unbroken 137-run partnership with Smith, was sixty four not out with Australia nicely positioned to construct an enormous first innings complete on day two.
“You´d take three-288 any day of the week,” stated Smith.
“They´re all particular, I really like getting tons of, I really like batting out right here on the Gabba.”
Smith gained the toss and despatched his workforce in to bat on a wicket that provided little for the bowlers till the brand new ball confirmed some motion late within the ultimate session.
Misbah-ul-Haq´s aspect took two fast wickets earlier than tea to have the match delicately poised at seventy five-2 however Smith and rookie opener Matt Renshaw (seventy one) steadied the house aspect with a seventy six-run partnership.
Center order batsman Handscomb struck his second half-century to proceed his constructive begin after his debut towards South Africa within the day-night time lifeless rubber in Adelaide.
Smith was dropped on fifty three within the remaining over earlier than the dinner break, with half-time spinner Azhar Ali coaxing an edge to Sarfraz Ahmed however the wicketkeeper put it down.
When the skipper was on ninety seven, the ´Hotspot´ know-how additionally picked up a nick off his bat off seamer Mohammad Amir however not one of the Pakistan staff observed it and the attainable caught-behind probability went begging.
After a nervous wait on ninety eight, Smith smashed a 4 previous mid-off to boost his sixteenth test century, that includes sixteen boundaries bashed to all corners of the bottom.
Leaping into the air and ripping off his helmet, Smith brandished his bat with relish because the Gabba crowd roared.
Earlier Amir confronted a knee damage scare and needed to be helped off the sector. He returned to bowl, nevertheless, however would bear a scan tomorrow.
Renshaw, who had batted fantastically with Smith in his second test, was earlier eliminated by a swinging supply from paceman Wahab Riaz.
It was to be the final spotlight for the touring aspect who have been defied by Smith and Handscomb for the entire third session.
David Warner and Renshaw placed on a 70-run opening partnership earlier than Amir struck to take away Warner lbw for 32.Legspinner Yasir Shah, recalled after lacking the second test in New Zealand, had quantity three batsman Usman Khawaja caught for 4 when he spooned a easy catch straight to Misbah at brief midwicket.
Australia: David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (capt), Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddinson, Matthew Wade (wkt), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Chook.
Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wkt), Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali.
Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG) and Richard Illingworth (ENG)Third umpire: Sundaram Ravi (IND)Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)
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