A typically aggressive knock of 75 not out from David Warner has given Australia hope of saving the first Test against Pakistan.
Pakistan posted a formidable first-innings total of 454 shortly after tea on the second day of play in Dubai.
Australia attacked from the outset in their reply, reaching 0-113 from 31 overs at stumps on Thursday.
Warner struck seven boundaries and one six off 77 deliveries while Chris Rogers played a supporting hand, scoring 31 off 110 balls.
Warner had a close escape on 10 when an lbw appeal from offspinner Mohammad Hafeez was turned down and Pakistan didn’t call for a video review.
Left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar almost struck in his first over when Rogers, on 13, edged to slip where Younis Khan dropped the chance.
It’s the sixth consecutive Test innings in which Warner has reached 50 and the 27-year-old also notched his fifth century stand with fellow left-hander Rogers in 21 innings together.
Warner’s inspirational knock has come in his first Test match since becoming a father to daughter Ivy Mae in September.
“He’s ranked fifth in the world now in batting and he’s still improving,” Warner’s NSW and Test teammate Steve O’Keefe said.
“I don’t think Davey is going out there with a mindset of scoring at a run a ball.
“That’s just his way.
“To be positive, don’t let spinners settle, don’t let anyone settle and put them on the back foot.
“David Warner has always kept the game simple in his own mind, but he’s always been positive.
“Certainly not arrogant but positive.”
O’Keefe says Warner and Rogers work well together.
“Davey sees a good wicket out there and he’s going to play his shots accordingly,” O’Keefe said.
“That really does balance out what ‘Bucky’ (Rogers) does well, grinds away.”
Australia finally bowled Pakistan out two balls after tea on day two.
No.7 batsman Sarfraz Ahmed’s 109 off 105 balls ended any hopes of keeping the host team to a total around the 350-mark.
Sarfraz was out in the last over before tea after hitting 14 fours in his second hundred in successive Tests.
Zulfiqar, facing Mitchell Johnson, was struck on the middle finger of his non-bowling hand and retired hurt for seven.
Debutant O’Keefe (2-107) and spin partner Nathan Lyon (2-148) struggled to have an impact but could be more dangerous on a wearing pitch in Pakistan’s second innings.
Left-arm quick Johnson finished with the fine figures of 3-39 from 31 overs.
Sarfraz joined Younis (106) as century-makers in Pakistan’s first innings, while Asad Shafiq made 89.
Australia still trail by 341 runs despite Warner’s bright start.
“First-innings runs are going to be critical so we’re going to have to bat very well,” O’Keefe said.
“If that wicket does deteriorate, batting last on it will be tough work.”
DAVID WARNER’S PAST FOUR TEST MATCHES
* First Test v South Africa at Centurion in Feb: 12 and 115
* Second Test v South Africa at Port Elizabeth in Feb: 70 and 66
* Third Test v South Africa at Cape Town in March: 135 and 145
* First Test v Pakistan at Dubai in Oct: 75 not out.
|Australia (1st Innings)||R||B||4||6||SR|
|CJL Rogers||not out||31||110||1||0||28.18|
|DA Warner||not out||75||77||7||1||97.40|
|Extras||(2lb, 0w, 1nb, 4b )||7|
|Total||0 Wkts, 31.0 Overs||113||3.65 Runs/Over|
|Pakistan (1st Innings)||R||B||4||6||SR|
|Ahmed Shehzad||b: Siddle||3||9||0||0||33.33|
|Mohammad Hafeez||lbw: Johnson||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Azhar Ali||c: Doolan b: Johnson||53||167||6||0||31.74|
|Younis Khan||lbw: Johnson||106||223||10||1||47.53|
|Misbah-ul-Haq||c: Johnson b: Smith||69||182||2||2||37.91|
|Asad Shafiq||c: Marsh b: O’Keefe||89||151||5||2||58.94|
|Sarfraz Ahmed||st: Haddin b: Lyon||109||105||14||0||103.81|
|Yasir Shah||c: Rogers b: O’Keefe||2||15||0||0||13.33|
|Zulfiqar Babar||retired hurt||7||14||1||0||50.00|
|Rahat Ali||c: Rogers b: Lyon||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Imran Khan||not out||0||0||0||0|
|Extras||(14lb, 0w, 0nb, 2b )||16|
|Total||9 Wkts, 145.0 Overs||454||3.13 Runs/Over|
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