December 28, 2023

Australia vs Pakistan LIVE: Gilchrist defends Carey despite batting woes; Cummins chases five-wicket haul

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That’s all for today

That’s all we have for today.

Thanks so much for joining us again today and we will be back with another blog for day four of this match.

Will Australia set an impossible total or will Pakistan knock them over and keep a slim hope of victory alive.

Thanks for all the comments today, we will see you tomorrow.

Bye for now.


‘That one stung’: Marsh hurting over missed century

Mitchell Marsh admits he is hurting after missing out on a Boxing Day Test century but he is proud of the 153-run partnership he formed with Steve Smith to save Australia’s innings.

“That one stung a little bit,” Marsh told Fox Cricket.

Mitchell Marsh.Credit: AP

“I think myself, Shaun and dad (Geoff) all have 90s here in the Boxing Day Test match, so it would have been nice to get a hundred.

“Ultimately, I just wanted to put on that partnership. It would have been great to bat out that last hour and set a big score. It’s evenly poised now.”

Marsh joked Australia would only be comfortable with a 500 run lead but admitted that a 300 lead would work well and he backed his bowlers to make the 60 runs needed to reach that lead.


‘There is a pulse’: O’Keefe

Commentator Kerry O’Keefe still believes Pakistan has a chance at victory if they can dismiss the Australia tail cheaply on day four.

The late wicket of Smith means Australia only has Alex Carey and the tail.

“There is a pulse for Pakistan,” Kerry O’Keefe said on Fox Cricket.

“It’s still gettable for Pakistan.”

Afridi finished the day with 3-58 including that last Smith wicket.


STUMPS: Smith goes out just before stumps

Steve Smith has gone out with just three balls left in the day.

He batted through 176 balls and made 50 runs but got a ball that went short and top-edged it to the fielder.

Steve Smith.Credit: Getty Images

Smith trudged off with his head down. Carey and the bowlers will be left to bat tomorrow.

Australia are 6-187 with Carey 10 not out and, presumably, Starc to bat next.

Afridi took the last wicket.


Play will start at 10am again tomorrow

As expected, play will start at 10am AEDT tomorrow (day four) to make up for lost time.

So if you are coming to the match, adjust your travel plans accordingly. Gates will open at 9.30am AEDT.


Another stat to show how good that Marsh and Smith partnership was


Heartbreak in a picture

Mitchell Marsh walks off after being dismissed for 96 this afternoon.

The picture says it all.

Australia lead by 231 runs.

Mitchell Marsh.Credit: AP


Hasan Ali showing some moves to Bay 13

Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali won’t be confused with Merv Hughes anytime soon but he had the playful youths in Bay 13 bringing out some impressive dance moves when they started to mimic his stretches.

Hasan went from stretching to dancing and showed he is quite graceful in the process.

His copycats behind him got into the moves as well.


Marsh has done the hard work, even though he will be hurting

Mitchell Marsh will no doubt be heartbroken about his dismissal for 96 but it can’t be forgotten that his shot making and aggression, combined with some luck, turned the game back into Australia’s favour.

Marsh came in with Australia on 4-16 and while he could have gone out early in his innings had Abdullah held on to a regulation catch in the slips, he took the second chance with both hands.

Mitchell Marsh.Credit: Getty Images

Australia now has what should be a match-winning lead and those four extra runs would have only added to it.

Between two catches, Marsh built an innings he can be proud of and did so at a time when his nation needed him most.

Australia lead by 225 with Smith on 50 and Carey yet to score.

Play will continue until 6.30pm AEDT.


Salman takes a cracking catch

Salman has pulled in a classic catch to dismiss Marsh, he dived low to his left and snared the ball with one hand.

There will be a lot of attention on the catch dropped when Marsh was early in his innings but Salman should be applauded for that one.

He has done a couple of great things this match in dismissing Warner in the first innings with his part-time spinners and then this catch.

Salman has taken seven catches in this series so far including six of them in the slips according to Fox Cricket.

Australia leads by 224 runs.

Agha Salman celebrates a wicket in the first innings.Credit: Getty Images

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