December 27, 2023

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

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Cracking catch from Rizwan

In a long morning session that was filled with big moments, Pakistan keeper Mohammad Rizwan’s diving catch came and went far too quickly.

But a couple of pictures from Getty Images show just how low he got down to make sure of the catch.

Just to make it a little sweeter, his catch dismissed his opposite number in Aussie keeper Alex Carey.

Mohammad Rizwan takes a screamer.Credit: Getty Images

Mohammad Rizwan holds the catch.Credit: Getty Images

Mohammad Rizwan celebrates.Credit: Getty Images


Australian quicks ready to fire on lively pitch

By Malcolm Conn

Australia’s premier attack should have been delighted with all the playing and missing they did against Pakistan’s persistent pacemen.

It was confirmation that this well-grassed pitch should offer the local bowlers plenty of assistance.

Mitch Marsh walks off after being dismissed.Credit: Getty Images

While it was a struggle for Australia to reach 318 when they were bowled out at lunch on day two, it was easily the highest first innings score made in the Boxing Day Test for four years.

The previous three Tests saw the team batting first bowled out for under 200 and lose heavily.

Significantly Marnus Labuschagne was the only player to pass 50 and his 63 took 155 balls, highlighting how difficult it was to score.


WICKET: Lyon is gone, Australia all out for 318

Lyon top-edged Hasan Ali for four, the next ball he was caught on the boundary.

Australia are all out for 318.

Lunch has also been taken.

Hasan Ali.Credit: Getty Images


Hazlewood saved after third umpire catch call

Josh Hazlewood looked to have been caught in the slips but the third umpire found the ball had come up just short of the fielder.

Hazlewood hit a four off the next ball.

Play has continued past the expected lunch time, which will now be at 1pm AEDT, since Australia could be bowled out.

Australia are 9-312.

Nathan Lyon before play on day two.Credit: Getty Images


WICKET: Cummins is out

Pat Cummins tried to push the tempo with the bat and helped Australia past 300 but he has been caught near the boundary off Jamal for 13 runs.

Aamir Jamal has 3-60.

Australia are 9-308.


Australia’s total strong considering recent history


Cummins takes blow on shoulder

Jamal has hit Cummins on the inside of his shoulder which looked painful but the Aussie skipper was quick to give the thumbs up.

He tried to duck under the ball and it hit him flush.

The next ball went for four byes. Pakistan’s 47 extras in this innings seems a bit high.

“47 extras is way too many at this level,” Mike Hussey said on Fox Cricket.

Australia are 8-296 with Cummins on seven and Lyon on two.

Pat Cummins.Credit: Getty Images


Australia has lost 5-99 this session

Australia has lost 5-100 this session and there is about 20 minutes left until lunch at 12.30pm AEDT.

Yes, they put on a goodly amount of runs but they will be a little down about losing five wickets, especially a couple in short time in the last 30 minutes.

Pakistan has a chance to bowl them out before lunch if they can snare Lyon or Cummins shortly.

Australia are 8-288.


WICKET: Marsh caught out

Marsh has swung his bat all morning and rode his luck at times, now he is out caught after finding the fielder with a lofted shot off Hamza’s bowling.

Huge wicket for Pakistan, Australia could struggle to get to 350 now.

Australia are 8-286.


Marsh takes blow to head, appears OK

Marsh took a “glancing blow” to the back of his helmet after a short ball from Afridi.

He appears fine and was quickly smiling but the medical team have rushed out as is protocol.

Australia also received four byes as the ball went to the fence for four.

He was hit in Perth as well; his helmet has been replaced and he will bat on.

Australia 7-283 with Marsh on 41 and Cummins on 0.

Mitch Marsh.Credit: AP

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