Another day, another quickfire Warner century. It seemed that no day had passed between the Melbourne test’s last two days. It was a continuation of where Smith left off, Australia pressed the accelerator from the first over. Warner smacked the Pakistani attack around and everyone who was Pakistani and watching prayed that the day would come to an end.
Despite all that was in the press that Pakistan would be learning from their mistakes, it didn’t seem to be the case. Way too many four balls were on display and runs came at a canter throughout the day. The pace was set by Warner in the morning and then was never let up. Matt Renshaw initially seemed to be awestruck as anyone else but joined in later on in the day. Yasir Shah didn’t look like he would have much control once again, going for more than 4 runs an over. Mohammad Amir usually exemplary, was leaking runs as well. The lack of a good all-rounder was once again apparent. Someone to bowl a few tidy overs and give the captain a few quiet overs. To his credit, Misbah did try everything, but it didn’t make much difference overall to the scoreboard.
Pakistan and Australia both made changes to their team. Two changes each. Pakistan brought in Imran Khan, Sohail Khan and it didn’t really matter in terms of the runs of the scoreboard. Short of a length and get smacked all around. The pitch didn’t seem to be have many demons but there was a lot of loose bowling on display and everyone was punished accordingly.
The only silver lining was that Smith actually got out without making a 50+ score. But there didn’t seem to be much else. Wahab Riaz once again bowled with plenty of fire. But there seemed to be very little assistance from the wicket once again.
With 365 on the board, Australia seems to be well in control of the third test match. They will continue batting tomorrow and see to put Pakistan completely out of the game. And at the rate they have been scoring it might just be that they need only bat until lunch. But there is rain forecast for almost every day of this test, (not that it really mattered when it was similar in Melbourne).