Snapshot for day four of the first Test

Safraz Ahmed Tim Paine

His sorry form continued as he edged one to the keeper without opening his account.

Peter Siddle's early wicket of nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas propelled the 33-year-old ahead of Merv Hughes as Victoria's most prolific Test paceman and the ninth-most successful Australian quick with 213 dismissals.

Change is also in the air back in Australia, with the nation's cricket board announcing a successor to long-serving CEO James Sutherland, even before the release of a review into the board's culture and governance. However, the Australians played smart cricket by approaching the game defensively to kill enough time in the Test match.

Paine, who many feel is only a caretaker captain until Smith becomes eligible for the role again, has no illusions about the scale of the task. "We're going to have to take everything we've been working on", said Paine.

Asif, however, said it had been worth the wait, praising former skipper Malik for some timely advice.

Following the controversial axing of Matt Renshaw, there was plenty riding on Khawaja and Finch and they immediately delivered with a 100-run opening stand as Australia slowly closed the gap on Pakistan's first innings 482, to a deficit of 345 at lunch.

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At stumps opener Usman Khawaja was batting on a fighting 50 and Travis Head on 34 as the pair had added an invaluable 49 for the unbroken fourth wicket stand to prolong Australia's resistance on a tired and spinning Dubai stadium pitch.

Hafeez struck a wonderful 126 against Australia on the first day of the first Test in Dubai on Sunday.

South Africa-born debutant Labuschagne on Monday demonstrated his value as a triple-threat, inspiring Australia with the ball and in the field.

"At on stage the seam of the ball was torn", Sohail said.

Aaron Finch, the Twenty20 International captain, and Travis Head have been inducted into the playing XI for the first Test, reported International Cricket Council (ICC).

Labuschagne then had Babar Azam (four) run out shortly after tea with a pinpoint throw from mid-wicket which left Babar well short of his crease. "That's the plan. We will dig in and finish off the game".

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