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From 0-82 to 2-91, Australia has given Pakistan an “opening” on the opening morning of the second Test in Karachi.

After David Warner fell to a brilliant piece of bowling for 36, Marnus Labuschagne ran himself out for a duck.


The world’s No.1 Test batsman pushed to mid off but was ran out by Sajid Khan, who hit the stumps and left Labuschagne just short.

Steve Smith (33) has joined Usman Khawaja (81), who is flying and raced to his second half-century in as many innings on this historic tour of Pakistan.

Australia is 2-157 midway through the second session.


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Earlier, the tourists were flying after Pat Cummins won the toss and elected to bat.

While Warner survived a couple of close lbw shouts off Hasan Ali, Khawaja looked in sublime touch from the outset and eventually his opening partner too found his touch.

The pair hit Khan for 14, including two sixes in one over in an ominous warning.

“My concern for Pakistan is the rate they’re (Australia) scoring at,” former Pakistan captain and world class quick Waqar Younis said early in the first session.

“The run rate of 4.5 is a really good one.

“He struggled a bit in the first few overs Warner and then he’s just feeling that he belongs here, using his feet nicely – and that should be a little bit of a worry for Pakistan.”

“But Faheem Ashraf then pulled a rabbit out of a hat by getting one to shape away and kiss Warner’s outside edge to leave Australia 1-81.

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Mitchell Swepson is the first leg-spinner to be capped by the Australian Test side in 13 years as Cummins’ men seek an answer to Pakistan’s unshakeable batting in the first meeting of the series.

He is the only change to Australia’s XI, while Pakistan have recalled quick Hassan Ali and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.

It’s an interesting selection from Pakistan, who have recalled another quick while Australia left Hazlewood out.

“I get a sniff, a whiff, that they think reserve is going to play a big part,” former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds said on Fox Cricket

Pakistan racked up over 700 runs over two innings for the loss of just four wickets, with Josh Hazlewood the Australian pace bowler to lose his spot in the XI to Swepson as spin looms as the decisive factor in Karachi. Queensland teammate Usman Khawaja presented Swepson his baggy green on Saturday.

“He’s pumped and to be honest we’re all pumped for Swepo,” Cummins said.

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“It’s been a long time running drinks over the last couple of years, but he’s absolutely ready. He’s been a huge part of the squad, even though he hasn’t been playing.

“So we’re really excited to see him get a chance.”

After a relatively dull, batting-dominated first Test in Rawalpindi, there were some concerns that the pitch in Karachi would provide a similarly unbalanced contest between bat and ball.

But recent history suggests the match should provide plenty for both sides of the wicket.

When Pakistan hosted South Africa a little more than a year ago – the last Test held at the venue – even the seamers got some joy from the wicket.

Cummins said he is expecting a very different pitch at Karachi.

“I think it will be a bigger factor here, the square’s a lot drier,” he said.

“With rain around in Rawalpindi, the ball got quite soft and damp at times so I think it will be a much bigger factor here and probably much earlier on as well.”

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There’s no doubt that spinners should be the decisive figures on the bowling side, Nauman Ali hoping to back up his six-wicket haul from the first Test with another influential performance on a ground where he also picked up a five-wicket bag in that match against South Africa.

For Australia, Swepson’s introduction could be the key, but the batters will also be hoping to convert half-centuries into big scores, after both Marnus Labuschagne and Usman Khawaja were dismissed in the nineties.

The stage is set for a thrilling Test, with both sides desperate to get a result in the historic series.

Pakistan has history in its favour, having lost just two of the 43 Tests they have played at the National Stadium while Australia is yet to win a Test match from eight attempts at the ground.

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