Australia v Pakistan – Second Test, Day 2: Great day for the Aussies!



A clear day has greeted us and a full day/night is expected.


Australia’s dominance of yesterday continued with Labuschagne and Warner intent on pushing the score along. The Pakistani’s decided to bowl Yasir Shah to no doubt speed up things before the second new ball.  He sped it up alright as his loose balls were sent smacking to the fence by both batsmen.


Labuschagne’s 150 came up with classic square cuts.  His total had come from 226 balls, 20 4’s and an astonishing 40 singles.  The number of singles again emphasised the wonderful running between wickets of these two.


The new ball is taken and the bowlers have immediate success when Labuschagne (162) plays over a good one from Shaheen and is bowled.  The new batting sensation received a marvellous round of applause from a goodly crowd here at The Oval.  Rightly deserved as it had been a splendid innings with shots all around the wicket backed up by a fine temperament.  At 2/369 the visitors will be glad to have taken his wicket or any wicket for that matter.  They are under siege.


Enter SPD Smith who needs runs to redeem his first inning shocker in Brisbane.  He gets into his familiar routine which I find impossible to describe even after all these years.  All I can say is that it has been very, very effective over the journey.


The Australian continue on their merry way and THE TWO quickly add fifty to the score.  Records come as Smith passes Bradman’s 6,996 runs to reach 7,000 and Warner brings up his 250. The pugnacious Jimmy Cagney seems to have rehabilitated himself completely. No longer it seems is he the brash clone of the cocky characters that Cagney played but a model of Jimmy Stewart or Gregory Peck (for you oldies out there).  Mind you I think he could be a little less exuberant with some of his antics.


His innings at the short break has been magnificent and he hardly played a false stroke in his innings although he did look a little jaded by “lunch”.


Smith is looking frightfully good and is determined to make Yasir Shah eat his words.  It has been a good battle between the two with Shah lifting his game when Smith has his bat poised.


At “little break” Australia 2/476 Warner 261, Smith 34 with Shaheen the best of the bowlers and the only one to take a wicket 2/75.


For Ian Hauser’s sake I took a walk amongst the “beautiful people” and stayed long enough to miss the Smith dismissal. Two things – (1) many people do not leave the mounting yard and (2) SACA should consider a “Fashions on the Field” as there were many BP superbly dressed.


Shortly after “little break” Smith (36) plays a rash shot from Shaheen and is well taken by Rizwan diving unsighted to take the snick.  Australia 3/490 and Shaheen, bowling with more vigour and accuracy than Day 1 has all three wickets to fall.  Smith has got out playing 2 of the worst shots in the series.  I wonder what is going on in his mind?  Totally “un-Smith”.


Wade hit the first six of the game when he hits Shah (0/197) high into the Bradman Pavilion.  Warner continues on his merry way and is fast approaching his maiden 300. He reaches it with a lovely drive through wide mid-on. A magnificent innings that does not look like abating.


It is now smash and grab with both batsmen hitting out at everything. Australia will certainly be looking to get the Falcons into bat tonight.


Comes sooner than I thought Warner 335 passes Bradman and Australia declares 3/589 with Wade 38 not out. Warner’s knock, the highest ever in Australia fascinating to the finish and he received great support from Wade in the final assault. Shaheen the only wicket taker 3/88 in one of the worst bowling performances I have ever seen.


A timely declaration by Tim Paine as it will give his bowlers 30 minutes before the “big break” and a whole session afterwards.


Mitchell Starc’s first over was nearly the best of the match and Cummins matched it next over. A fiery opening by Australia beating both batsmen comprehensively. A wasted DRS by Cummins (first ball) and Paine as the ball was pitched wide of leg stump. The bespectacled Imam is getting a torrid time from Cummins but Starc gets the first wicket when Imam-Ul-Haq (2) guides one to Warner at fourth slip. Pakistan 1/3


Quite the most popular place at the Adelaide Oval summer or winter are the Lyn Fullston Lawns abutting the practice wickets.  Known as “Lefty” by her peers Fullston represented Australia at both cricket and netball and was a Physical Education teacher by profession. It is a hive of activity during major events at the Adelaide Oval and is a fantastic tribute to a woman who wanted equality in sport.


It would be hard to guesstimate just how many boys and girls are playing cricket there at every break and also while the main game is in progress. In fact, in many cases I think the main game is the ones that they are playing in.


The Pakistani batsmen look more comfortable after the break and both Azhar Ali and Shan Masood are intent on nosing every ball. It does not last long as Smith, as usual, takes a smart catch to dismiss Azhar (9) from Pat Cummins.   Pakistan 2/22


The Australian fast men were at their imperial best this evening and brilliantly backed up by their captain keeper Tim Paine. Not wasting a ball all three were able to move the ball away just enough to tempt the batsmen to play and they finished nicking the ball to the brilliant Paine.


Masood (19), Ahmed (10), Shafiq (9), Rizwan (0) all went the same way. The catch to dismiss Shafiq was brilliant; dived hard to his right and gloving it as he was falling to the ground. Outstanding.  Speaking of keepers, I caught up with an old friend who has been representing SA in the over 50’s championships in Perth. Anthony Telfer said ‘I had a great time”.  That does not answer many questions Telf?


A bad day all round for diehard Croweaters. Warner goes past Bradman; Travis Head does not get a bat and Tim Paine just added at least another 2 series to his tenure as Australian keeper-captain.


A wonderful last session from the bowlers and they have Pakistan on the ropes at 6/96 with the resolute Babar (43) and Yaris Shah (4). Starc 4/22, Hazlewood 1/29 and Cummins 1/45 have bowled throughout the innings. Back to their dynamic best.


A great day’s cricket in front of 33,943 people. Magnificent batting from Warner ably backed up by the other batsmen in their chase for runs and as we said the dynamic trio back to their very, very best.



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About Bob Utber

At 80 years of age Citrus Bob is doing what he wanted to do as a 14 year-old living on the farm at Lang Lang. Talking, writing, watching sport. Now into his third book on sports history he lives in Mildura with his very considerate wife (Jenny ) and a groodle named "Chloe On Flinders". How good is that.


  1. A good call of an historic day, CB. Thanks for doing the social research out the back of the stands. Did any of the BP leave their comfort to witness Warner reaching 300? I like your idea of ‘fashions in the field’. What is that area behind the stands called? Perhaps a suitable title could be given for the fashions stakes to incorporate the name. Let’s hope there is some play today as it sounds a bit miserable there.

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