Almanac Cricket – Australia v Pakistan: First Test Day 4 at the ‘Gabba



Supposedly the penultimate day at the Gabba.  Love that word but I think it might be the ultimate day.


Ah the parochialism of the Brisbane Sunday Mail after reading it this morning one would have thought that only one man played for Australia and an Afrikaans to boot. Sometimes I think our journos go just that little bit too far.  Then again as a Victorian it would lovely to see one of ours making runs at Test level. But what a journey for Marnus arriving in Australia with not a word of English only a great passion for cricket.


The batsmen have found no problems during the first 55 minutes of play but then Mahmood (42) tries to hook Cummins only to glove the ball for Paine to mark. 4/93


The captain’s glove work has been excellent in this match.  Keep up this work Tim and you can captain the team for a few more years despite 49 again directing field placings yesterday.


Further disaster for the visitors when Hazlewood gets a good one past Iftikhar (0) for Paine to gobble up and Pakistan are 5/94.

Babar Azam (67) is holding the side together and is looking very competent and not afraid to dispatch the bad ball and he is being supported by Rizwan Mohammad (17) as they go to lunch at 5/144.  They are certainly setting an example to their departed team mates who were found wanting when it came to protecting their wicket.


With the Adelaide test starting late next week the Australian team will probably go in unchanged although with the rotation of the speed team Michael Neser could get his first official cap at the expense of either Hazlewood or Cummins.  Mind you Pattinson has served his penance so he could certainly come in to calculations.  The batsmen are safe from extradition and sound performances from them again could see for the first time the same line-up for all five Tests.


Excellent batting by the two Pakistanis with Babar closing in on a century. He does with three fours from Cummins. He has faced 160 balls and hit 13 fours in an excellent innings.  It is his second Test century. Rizwan, a very, very promising player in my book, reaches his maiden Test 50 in his second Test from 86 balls.  I like his keeping and enthusiasm and at 27 should have a long career in front of him. The Australian quicks are peppering them with bouncers but they are handling them with consummate ease and Nathan Lyon is not troubling them at all.


Talk about jinxing a batsman Babar (104) plays a poor shot to Lyon and Paine does the rest.  Pakistan 6/226 and a fine innings comes to a disappointing end.


Yasir is a bit of an enigma as everything he does seem to lack ability a bit like “can’t bowl, can’t field, can’t catch (who again by the way authenticated his statement yesterday) but he hangs around with the bat and gave his team everything with the ball yesterday.  He is ably assisting Rizwan and they have put on 42 by tea-time.  The quickies are still frustrated and continue to bowl short and the batsmen are just swaying out of the way.


At tea Rizwan Mohammad is77 and Yasir Shah 16.  Pakistan 6/268


The weather here seems to have sapped the Australian bowlers of their energy as they certainly have struggled since just before lunch. In fact Pakistan have lost only 1 wicket (Babar) for 207 runs in the interim since Iftikhar was dismissed.


Rizwan’s marvellous innings comes to an end when he ramps Hazlewood to Lyon trying to get a six I reckon.  His highest Test score of 95 included 10 fours and at least he has been a plus for his team in this match.  Pakistan now 7/305 and the likelihood of the game finishing to day becomes very plausible.  However, they still have to get rid of Yasir Shah. As if on cue they do, when Shah mistimes a hook from Hazlewood he is caught by Wade at mid-on for his highest Test score 42.  Pakistan 8/324.


Afridi (10) did not look like staying as he swished around until he skied Hazlewood to Cummins and the visitors reached 9/331 still 9 behind. It is all over and Australia win by an Innings and 5 runs when Imran goes for a big one and Wade takes another safe catch of the bowling of Hazlewood. Pakistan all out 335.


Have been disappointed with the Pakistani tail who offered little or no resistance.  There was little attempt to stay and fight.  It happened in both innings and must make players such as Rizwan and Babar thinking “we gave it our all” only to be let down by team mates.


Australia now go to Adelaide next Friday for the second test full of confidence against a very disappointing Pakistani side who gave up with little fight.  If the people of SACA think that they are going to have big crowds well think again. We love our cricket but we also love a fight and when you look at the big picture we did not see that.  Good luck SACA.



Check out citrus Bob’s Day 3 report HERE

Check out Citrus Bob’s Day 2 report HERE

Check out Citrus Bob’s Day 1 report HERE


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At 84 years of age Citrus Bob is doing what he has always done since growing up on a small farm at Lang Lang. Talking, watching and writing sport and in recent years writing books. He lives in Mildura with his very considerate wife (Jenny) and a groodle named 'Chloe on Flinders' and can be found at Deakin 27 every day.


  1. Thanks for your coverage of the Test, CB. The bowling today did look a little impotent against Babar, Rizwan and Yasir but it was a good pitch for batting. I can never figure out why the Aussie quicks think they have to try to blast batsmen out, even tailenders. Shouldn’t it be predominantly line and length regardless?

    As for Adelaide, the pink ball is Pakistan’s best hope, while the rest of us will simply lap up what is the most beautiful ground in Australia – and that from a maroon-bleeding Queenslander!

  2. Thanks for the report, Citrus. And for sitting through the whole day.

  3. Oz V Pakistan is giving dopeheads lawn clippings to smoke.

  4. PB – sorry for you that they are not playing in Perth! See you in Adelaide. Where there is smoke there will be PB.

    IH -will certainly be a real pleasure to be in the best cricket ground in Australia afterThe Gabba.

    6% – yes. It was hard work and there were no Star Wars invaders to keep me company.

  5. Daryl Schramm says

    Thanks Bob. From your previous comment I take it you will be in Adelaide. Weather looking coolish so rug up for the night sessions. Any other knackers attending? Maybe a catch up at some stage?

  6. Thanks for the reports, Citrus.

    As I have mentioned elsewhere, I was most disappointed in the Pakistani middle-order on the first day. Much more steel shown in the second innings. I reckon the Adelaide Test has the potential to be much more keenly fought.

  7. Cricket season now is like the Racing Carnival. It goes for a month from Boxing Day to Australia Day when most of Oz chills out & looks for languid excuses to do bugger all. Other 11 months cricket happens like races but only desperates care.

  8. Really enjoyed day 4. Pakis showed a lot more grit. However I don’t know what to make of Starc. Bow,s lots of rubbish intermingled with some great deliveries (jaffas). Some of those very high wides were unbelievable.

    It’s now onward to the Adelaide test. You’d think Glen McGraph would insist PINK BALL TESTS should be played at the SGC for obvious reasons. Just a thought.

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