Brisbane’s pitch quickened up and so did Pakistan’s pace attack as Australia stumbled on the second afternoon of the day-night Test match, losing their last seven wickets for 106.
Australia managed to put 429 on the score board, courtesy of Smith and Handscomb.
Smith and Handscomb, both scored centuries.
Amir’s figures were his best since returning to the Pakistan side, but the Pakistani bowlers were unable to dislodge Handscomb, who showed patience beyond his years and deep trust in his way of batting.
Pakistan’s resurgence was all the more notable for the fact the visitors turfed more chances. Smith skied Yasir and was dropped by Amir running back towards long-off before Maddinson bunted Yasir to short leg where Azhar Ali was unable to cling on.
One of the biggest strengths for Pakistan in their Test history has been their pace attack. In almost any era, they have had two world-class fast bowlers in their line-up, with the supporting cast being more than adequate as well. These bowlers have had the skills to conquer most conditions, whether they be the seamer-friendly conditions of England and New Zealand or the dry pitches of the subcontinent. However, the one country where they haven’t always worked their magic is Australia: in all Tests in Australia, Pakistan’s fast bowlers have averaged 38.54, which is their poorest among all countries.
What is the reason behind this? Do selectors and coaching staff has any answer?
Pakistan is batting now and looking extremely sluggish. Players seem in no mood to lift this match up. Azhar Ali, senior Batsman, got out just scoring five runs.
This is a big chance for Babar Azam to show his class, first big series of his career. Remember what Virat Kohli did in his 1st tour here. He came out the most successful batsman of all in spite of a disappointing overall team India performance.
All that requires, is just patience and confidence.
If Pakistan has to seriously win this match. Younis Khan, Misbah ul Haq and Asad Shafique has to come forward and perform to the need of the hour.