‘Could get ugly’: Warner explodes in perfect reply as comical blunder leaves Pakistan reeling — LIVE

The international summer of cricket is underway as Australia and Pakistan meet at Perth Stadium for day one of the first Test.

Australia won the toss and opted to bat, with David Warner answering his critics with a 41-ball half-century against a wayward Pakistan bowling attack.

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He reached 72* off just 67 at lunchtime, with Usman Khawaja’s patient 37* (84) helping guide Australia to a strong total of 0-117 after the first session.

Isa Guha in commentary called it “the perfect start” for Australia.

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Warner, like opening partner Usman Khawaja, had a narrow scare in the opening three overs, edging the ball narrowly out of reach of the slip cordon.

But he showed positive intent and played with his trademark aggression, hitting nine fours on the way to his half-ton – including three in one over to bring up the milestone with a boundary.

“It’s been an aggressive 50,” Mark Waugh said. “The intent’s been there. He’s been moving down the wicket, he’s looked to score with every delivery.”

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Ravi Shastri in commentary for Fox Cricket criticised Pakistan’s sloppy early bowling: “They’ve been all over the place… the lengths have not been consistent at all.”

Moments later, Khawaja was given a lifeline when he top-edged a ball high in the air and over the slips. But Abdullah Shafique over-ran the catch and dropped the ball, which rolled to the boundary to add insult to injury.

Khawaja was on 21 at the time, and would have given debutant Aamer Jamal his maiden Test wicket. Pakistan then burned a review when David Warner was struck on the pads facing Shaheen Shah Afridi, but the ball would have travelled well above the stumps.

Having already blasted a host of fours, Warner then went to another level with a staggering six, almost falling over as he lowered himself to swipe the ball over the boundary.

Michael Hussey declared: “It’s not T20 cricket is it!?… That’s an incredible shot!”

He added: “How does he even think about playing that shot the first morning of a Test match. It’s unbelievable.”

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TEAMS:

Australia XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (capt), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Pakistan XI: Shan Masood (capt), Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam, Saud Shakeel, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Aamer Jamal, Khurram Shahzad

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