Gabba Test Day one ended with Australia batting on 288 for 3.
There had been some swing for Amir and Rahat Ali in the early overs, but Renshaw and Warner did very well to cover any movement and also punish any errors in line or length – in Warner’s case, he started by punching Rahat to the cover fence first ball. Wahab’s greater pace was unable to make much of an impression, and Misbah was left to call on Yasir as early as the 11th over of the innings.
Wahab has to bowl aggressively today; perhaps he forgot that.
Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah exchanged some harsh words and fought at the practice session yesterday. We didn’t find that aggression and confidence in both players. If they want to perform well on the field, they have to leave behind their differences and come forward as a unit.
Renshaw played an exemplary innings, showing his usual sound judgment around the off stump but also showing an ability to hit with power through midwicket and down the ground. In doing so, he invited further comparisons with another great Queensland opening batsman in Matthew Hayden – Australia’s selectors will dream of more such performances.
Except for Amir’s Glamorous spell, there was nothing to cheer about for Pakistan
In doing so, he invited further comparisons with another great Queensland opening batsman in Matthew Hayden – Australia’s selectors will dream of more such performances from Gabba Test.
Pakistani bowlers still unable to show any magic at Brisbane.
Smith also played admirably straight, refusing to be tempted into a surfeit of deliveries angled across him by the Pakistani left-armers, and scored a ton. The pair were looking increasingly secure until Wahab found a modicum of away movement to coax an edge from Renshaw’s bat.
Sarfraz dropped Smith on 53.
Intriguingly Misbah resumed with twin spin after dinner, and Smith and Handscomb were duly able to get back into rhythm. The genuine concern for Amir left the tourists a bowler short, with Rahat also looking sluggish at various points.
Fielders were so confused, they even didn’t appeal a caught behind.
Of all the surprises thrown up by the first night’s pink ball cricket in Brisbane, a wicketless final session was surely the most startling. No-one will be more grateful for that than the No. 6 Nic Maddinson, who can now look forward to batting in sunlight on day two – whenever Smith and Handscomb exit the stage that is.
Pakistani bowlers were unable to secure any timely wickets today at Brisbane for Gabba test. That will now build pressure on the batsman as they always proved to be vulnerable. Still, this match is on, but it seems like that Pakistan has to perform extraordinarily to win this game.