Nathan Lyon News
The Pakistan pair put the home team well on course for a draw, but spinner Nathan Lyon turned the match on its head by dismissing Azam and Faheem Ashraf with successive deliveries.
The historic occasion — Australia's first Test in Pakistan since 1998 — was marred by a pitch described as "dead" by vice-captain Steve Smith as Pakistan piled up 728 runs for the loss of just four wickets, and one of those was a run out.
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India had suffered a thumping 333-run defeat against Australia in the first Test at Pune and the team had had to bounce back hard in the second Test to level the ground.
Azhar Ali hit his fourth test hundred against Australia as Pakistan piled on 476-4 before declaring its first innings on Day 2 of the first Test on Saturday.
The left-hander closed out the opening day of the first Test on 132 not out on a typically slow and grassless subcontinent wicket. Veteran Azhar Ali is also looking solid on 64 not out.
The 34-year-old is the highest wicket-taker in the Australia squad with 415 from 105 Tests, and boasts a record of 95 victims in 19 matches across Asia.
“It’s going to be a big challenge, but I’m going into this Test series thinking we’re going to be performing and playing our best cricket to win 3-0,” Lyon said in an online news conference Wednesday
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"During the early hours of Monday morning, members of the England and Australia men's teams shared a drink in the team areas of the hotel in Hobart," the ECB said.
After batting collapses and poor bowling in the first two Tests, Root read his players the riot act — seemingly to little affect. They have failed to score more than 297 in five innings so far.
It all came crashing down after the dinner break with both players removed in quick succession, Root for 62 and Malan for 80, sparking a collapse that saw England slump from 150 for two to 236 all out.
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Lyon removed Dawid Malan for 82 on the fourth day of the first Test against England to write his name in Australian sporting history.
The loss extended a drought for England, who haven't won a Test in Australia in a decade since winning the Ashes here in 2010-11 and haven't won a Test at the Gabba since 1986.
England have lost nine of their last 10 Tests in Australia going back more than a decade and haven't won in Brisbane — where the opening Test starts next Wednesday — since 1986.
Leach also spotlighted Ravindra Jadeja as an inspiration after the Indian's exploits during a Test series in Australia last summer.
Paine quit as Test captain in disgrace last week over a historical text message scandal, but is keen to keep playing.
"But I'm waking up hungrier than ever now. I feel like I have a lot to give and I'm looking forward to it. I'm nowhere close to finishing in my eyes," said Lyon.
Lyon was withdrawn from the rest of the three-day game on Tuesday as a precautionary measure.
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