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LIVE: ‘Incredible’ trend exposed as Smith rages over error in teen stunner

LIVE: 'Incredible' trend exposed as Smith rages over error in teen stunner

Steve Smith has scored a half-century against Pakistan for the third time in this series without scoring three points as Australia recover from initial ups and downs in the third Test.

The tourists are 3-185 at the crease with Usman Khawaja (89) and Travis Head (17) after 67 overs.

At the time of writing, Khawaja’s Test average had risen to 129.00 by age 35 – the best of anyone in the history of the game (two Tests minimum). Next on that list is Sir Donald Bradman with 105.72.

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Smith scored 59 in a brilliant 169-ball knock, but was caught soon after tea with a sharp reverse-swing delivery in front of Naseem Shah, which fell into the right-hander.

4 was furious with replays that showed he hit his back-pad with his bat during his shot, which prevented him from accessing the ball before he hit it.

Smith has now failed to convert seven consecutive half-centuries, while his last Test ton is his 131 against India in January 2021.

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Pakistan had two golden chances to break the partnership between Khawaja and Smith in the 17th over when Nauman Ali gave two chances in his first over. The first Khawaja came off Babar Azam’s legs and at first slip, while Smith came to the ground and hit Ali, who missed a quick opportunity off his own delivery.

Mark Waugh felt that both the chances were worth capturing, especially the first one dropped by Babar.

“He’s nowhere near that … he’s too high,” Waugh said on Fox Cricket. “You have to start low, that was too high. Once you get too high it’s impossible to go down… It was catchable.”

Haddin said: “You have to take advantage of these opportunities, especially when the series is 0-0.

Regarding the drop by Ali, Waugh said that spinners should always be ready to return, as it is a common way of getting out against spin bowling.

Haddin agreed, saying, “I know it’s a tough catch, but you have to catch them.”

Meanwhile, Haddin praised Smith for his positive debut, saying it was “the best he looks” in the series.

“They have changed their mindset to be more aggressive,” he said. “For me, he wants to score, not just survive and that’s where he’s batting at his best.”

Australia were in trouble early on, losing David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne to Shaheen Shah Afridi within the first three overs.

Unlike the first two Tests, there is some grass on the wicket which Afridi has been using since the beginning. However, the wickets outside some troublesome opening overs are still expected to be favorable to the batsmen.

Warner was caught for seven runs at his crease, which fell back on a delivery while Labuschagne made a full delivery and was dismissed for a duck off the second ball.

It is his second duck in three innings, while Labuschagne’s Test average now stands at 26.77 since the start of the Boxing Day Test.

Warner is facing troubles of his own – he has now played 39 straight innings in international cricket without a century.

Australia have turned the dice and named an unchanged squad, as both sides look to take 20 wickets in a game for the first time in the series.

Brad Haddin said on Fox Cricket before playing that he would have been more “aggressive” in the selection table and picked spinning all-rounder Ashton Agar over Travis Head.

“I wonder,” he said of Australia’s XI, suggesting that Agar should have been picked.

“Run is not a problem and wickets are at a premium, so that is the only thing that gives us options. You could then take Alex Carey upstairs and Ashton Egger is ready to go. ,

Meanwhile, Pakistan have made a change with Naseem Shah coming back in the XI for Faheem Ashraf.

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Pakistan XI: Abdullah Shafiq, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah

Australia XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Swepson

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Earlier, there was debate as to whether Josh Hazlewood would regain his spot in the Australian line-up, although interim coach Andrew McDonald chose to stick with a two-spinner approach for the final Test of the series.

The series has shown that any move can be lauded as a masterstroke at the time, only to completely change the narrative in an instant.

The most notable example being Australian captain Pat Cummins choosing to declare when he did in the second Test, with many thinking he declared too late.

But after taking Pakistan to a low score of 148 in the first innings, it appeared that Cummins found a place in his strategy.

They then chose not to enforce the follow-on and let their top batsmen swing, only for Pakistan to fight bravely in their second innings and finish with a 7-443 draw.

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Cummins has proved that he won’t shy away from making big calls when the need arises and he has to get every one in this Test spot.

Australia has not won a Test series in Pakistan since October 1998, in which coincidentally the two countries had drawn the first two matches before the Aussies won the series 1–0, claiming victory in the final game. .

The coin toss, as always, will be crucial as Australia look to take an early lead on a ground that has not seen a Test match in 13 years.

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