Australia face tough task after Sohail hits maiden Pakistan ton

Tim Paine leads Australia into their first Test series since the ball-tampering affair erupted in South Africa in March

Tim Paine leads Australia into their first Test series since the ball-tampering affair erupted in South Africa in March Credit GETTY IMAGES

Australia handed Test caps to Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne while Pakistan included off-spinner Bilal Asif for his first Test at the age of 33.

Australia finally took the second new ball in the second session but after being cautious against Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon at the start, Shafiq and Sohail once again opened up. Shafiq got to his 50 - 21st in Test cricket - first with a trademark square cut for a four while Sohail reached it in the very next over with an exquisite cover-drive off Lyon.

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The unassuming batsman was caught behind off part-time spinner Marnus Labuschagne.

He started the over - the 144th of the innings - with a rank full toss that was swatted away to the deep midwicket fence by Shafiq, but followed it up with a spitting leg-spinner that would have made Shane Warne proud.

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Lyon looked unsafe from his first ball with Marnus Labuschagne appearing to chastise himself after failing to get his hands on a half-chance at bat-pad.

The first over after the interval brought the visitors even more joy with Babar Azam run out for 4. Last time Australia played three debutants in the same Test was quite recent at Adelaide against South Africa in November 2016 - Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson. From 9 off 54, he suddenly moved to 24 off 61 after following up those two boundaries with a big six off Lyon straight past the bowler's head. Sarfraz Ahmed, the captain, felt the pitch was best for batting in the early stages of the game. Wahab Riaz flicked Siddle for a four while Yasir Shah collected three in the same over.

Lyon finished with figures of 2-114 after toiling for 52 overs in the punishing heat.

Peter Siddle provided the breakthrough for Australia as he clean bowled Mohammad Abbas for one run.

Finch and Khawaja started off pretty well, rotating the strike at every given chance. Pakistani opener and veteran Mohammad Hafeez is returning to the national team after almost two years.

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