December 27, 2023

Australia v Pakistan LIVE updates: Head, Labuschagne chase early runs as Boxing Day Test resumes

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Head drawing support from locals

A sponsor’s float has taken up the space where the old “Bay 13” used to be during cricket matches at the MCG.

For decades, fans have flocked to Bay 13 to drink and be merry, but losing the spot hasn’t stopped them, they’ve just congregated in the bays next to it and enjoying some chanting, drinks and hijinks.

Travis Head entertains some local MCG fans next to the old Bay 13.Credit: Getty Images

The fans in that section have adopted Travis Head as their man on the ground, possibly because he was fielding in front of them and he has responded with some Merv Hughes’ like warm-up stretches and a few playful waves.

Chants of “Head, Head, Head” have been heard from time to time as well.

Pakistan are 3-141 with Shan on 53 and Saud on two.


Shan passes 50

Credit to Shan who has led from the front for Pakistan today and he has passed his 50 despite the excitement of Cummins’ fast bowling.

He will have to bat with even more control to stop a collapse as Australia have the momentum.

Pakistan are 3-134.

Shan Masood.Credit: AP


WICKET: Cummins bowls Babar

Cummins is on a tear and has clean bowled Babar through the gate.

Pakistan’s superstar has made just one run, now he is walking back to the sidelines.

Cummins is turning this match in the last session.

Pakistan are 3-131 with Saud coming to the crease.

Pat Cummins celebrates a wicket.Credit: Getty Images


WICKET: Cummins with a classic caught and bowled

UPDATED: Cummins has come up with a brilliant caught and bowled to dismiss Abdullah and break this dangerous partnership.

Abdullah drove on the up and at full speed, Cummins dived to lock in the catch.

What a wicket, what a moment.

Pakistan are 2-124 with Babar coming to the crease.


Marsh having a bowl

Mitch Marsh attacked with the bat this morning, now Cummins has asked him to bowl and try to end this concerning partnership.

Abdullah and Shan have made 81 for the second wicket.

Mitch Marsh swings the bat on day two.Credit: Getty Images


Cummins on to bowl

Pat Cummins is back into the attack.

Australia will be desperate for a wicket considering Abdullah, in particular, is growing in confidence.

Pakistan are 1-105.


Abdullah reaches 50

Brilliant innings from Abdullah who has come out with intent to score in this innings and has reaped the rewards.

It’s his first in Australia and, while he has had to defend at times, he has played his shots whenever the chance arose.

Pakistan are 1-98 and need 220 runs to equal Australia’s total.

Abdullah Shafique.Credit: Getty Images


Shan clubs Lyon for six

The Pakistan captain is taking to Lyon clubbing a straight drive for six and taking the partnership past 50 runs between the pair.

Starc is beating the bat at times but has yet to find the ball that dismisses either of these batters.

Pakistan are 1-90 with Abdullah on 47 and Shan on 28.


‘They are having a real crack at him’: Pakistan swings at Lyon

Shan hit Lyon for four in his first ball after lunch while both Shan and Abdullah played cut shots against shorter balls in the same over.

Pakistan’s aggression against the veteran spinner impressed former Australian spinner Kerry O’Keefe.

“They are having a real crack at him,” O’Keefe said on Fox Cricket.

Pakistan are on 1-79.

Nathan Lyon celebrates his first wicket on day two.Credit: AP


Play resumes

Starc is set to bowl the first over after tea as Australia chases more wickets against a growing partnership between Shan and Abdullah.

Pakistan are on 1-68.

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