Smith century before storm hits Pakistan Test

Australian seamer Jackson Bird claimed two crucial wickets just before rain stopped play on the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan at the MCG on Monday.

Cricket Australia high-performance manager Pat Howard has previously said Australia should embrace the prospect of two teams being in action nearly simultaneously.

Rain is forecast to hit Melbourne on each of the remaining day's play.

Pakistani stalwart Azhar Ali has been given medical clearance after he suffered a blow to his helmet while fielding at short leg during the second Test in Melbourne.

The succession of rain delays frustrated Pakistan, who are 1-0 down in the series and desperate to win at the MCG after their late Gabba heroics. A drawn series would be enough for them to retain the nameless trophy after winning in the Middle East in 2014.

The Test victory in Brisbane came with a pink ball which softened faster than the traditional red, and did not provide the same reverse swing Starc is so good at extracting.

Nic Maddinson has yet to fire with the bat in his Test career.

Wade was also under pressure, bringing scores of four, seven and one not out since his recall in the dead rubber test against South Africa in Adelaide.

"I know I've missed out in a couple of games but I'm not too stressed about it".

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"It's a lot greener than I've seen it in the past couple of years", Smith said.

Opener Azhar Ali had led the way with an outstanding 139 and Mohammad Amir was 28.

With players now competing regularly in three formats of the game, managing their workloads has become increasingly tricky. "We had a chat as well that he wanted to score a century and that he wanted his name on the board at the MCG".

"They've actually blunted that attack quite well".

As things stand, for me, he is still the single best spin bowling option Australia has available to it.

On 99, though, Azhar glanced two runs down the leg-side off Maddinson to bring up the milestone, giving a little hop of joy before embracing Shafiq in celebration.

Wasim told the Express Tribune: "Pakistan needed to strike with the new ball - if you don't get quick wickets, you will always struggle to control the scoring rate".

He and Amir are likely to come out with all guns blazing in the morning to add quick runs and then send Australia in to bat.


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