Play abandoned after Bird puts Australia on top

Pakistan cricket team starts practicing before the Boxing Day Test against Australia

Day three underway in 2nd Australia-Pakistan Test was posted in Sports of TheNews International - https://www.thenews.com.pk on December 28, 2016 and was last updated on December 28, 2016.

Pakistan's tennis star, Aisam ul Haq will be leaving here tonight (Monday) for Australia to participate in Australian Open Grand Slam Tennis Championship being played from January 16.

Pakistan opening batsman Azhar Ali scaled new heights this morning (Wednesday) at one of crickets most celebrated venues the MCG, after he scored his double hundred against the Aussies.

Azhar and Mohammad had put on 48 for the seventh wicket, taking Pakistan past their first-innings target of 300.

Shafiq tucked seamer Jackson Bird for a single to fine leg to bring up his 50 but was caught in the slips moments later, prodding uncertainly at a seaming delivery off the same bowler.

Rookie Maddinson was already under pressure after a run of failures in his first two tests and the unconvincing 55-ball innings may not be enough to keep him in the side for the third and final match in Sydney.

Azhar attributed his personal success in part to seeking the advice of "players who have played here before".

Earlier, opening bowler Josh Hazlewood struck with the last ball before lunch to give Australia a slight early advantage.

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The hosts ended Day 3 on 278/2 still 165 runs behind and with Khawaja unbeaten on 95 and captain Steven Smith on 10 not out.

It meant that Zimbabwe-born all-rounder Hilton Cartwright will not make his first appearance in today's Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Smith also said it is likely that another spinner will be included in the squad for the match at the SCG.

Smith, who had some rare catching errors in the first Test, went low to his right and just managed to cling onto the sharp chance to reward some excellent bowling from Hazlewood. "He obviously hasn't bowled at his best in this game".

"I don't think it's ideal", Smith said.

Australia chose to rest Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc for their one-day worldwide tour of South Africa in October and ended up losing the series 5-0.

"They'll be sore, for sure, but it depends on how significant those little things are and the risks associated with it", team sports medicine manager Alex Kountouris said.

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