'Worst for some time': Viewers fume over Pakistan ‘disaster’

Cricket greats and fans have savaged Pakistan over a "pathetic" display in the second Test against Australia in Adelaide.

Australia - led by a record-breaking partnership between David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne - put the visitors to the sword on a day one the visitors will want to forget.

Labuschagne became Test cricket's leading run-scorer for 2019 as he and Warner hit a record pink-ball partnership to drive Australia to a commanding 1-302 against Pakistan.

In a dominant opening day at the Adelaide Oval, Warner and Labuschagne both hit big hundreds as part of an unbeaten 294-run stand.

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Warner finished not out on 166, batting gloriously to hit back-to-back hundreds for the sixth time in his career after his 154 at the Gabba.

Pakistan were slammed after a horror day one in the field against Australia. Pic: Getty

Labuschagne's century was also his second straight and allowed him to overtake Steve Smith at the top of the Test run charts - his unbeaten 126 taking him to 793 for the calendar year.

The pair's stand was the highest in pink-ball history, overtaking the 248 runs Englishmen Joe Root and Alastair Cook combined for against West Indies in 2017.

It was also the highest second-wicket stand of all time for Australia against Pakistan, surpassing Mark Taylor and Justin Langer's 279 in Peshawar in 1998.

As impressive as the Aussie batsmen were, they were helped considerably by a horror show from Pakistan in the field.

Shaheen Afridi was the main culprit, with two howlers on the boundary.

On one occasion he kicked the ball over the rope and at another point ran the wrong way on a ball hit straight at him.

The visitors’ amateurish errors drew fierce criticism from several fronts.

“When the wheels start to fall off with Pakistan and their fielding is just like that, you know they’re just thinking about themselves,” Warne said on Fox Sports.

“They’re not not trying, but they’re not concentrating.”

Respected cricket commentator Robert Craddock was also scathing - pointing to the sacking of coach Mickey Arthur and the removal of Aussie fielding coach Steve Rixon as two major contributors to their poo performance.

“They were dreadful, one of the worst performances from a touring team we’ve seen here in quite a while,” Craddock said.

“I thought before the tour Pakistan made two very poor decisions. They sacked their coach Mickey Arthur… who knows how to win here.

Fans were equally as critical about Pakistan's shambolic display in the field.

Pakistan their own worst enemies

Things could have been far worse for the tourists too, had rain not washed away 17 overs for the day in a two-hour delay either side of the tea break.

Too many times the tourists proved their own worst enemies.

They bowled poorly, with debutant Muhammad Musa regularly being far too short and the recalled Mohammad Abbas having virtually no impact.

"They probably bowled a fraction too short, didn't make us bowl straight down the ground," Warner said.

"I think you've got to try and dry up the field a little bit and try and get us playing straight and I think we were able to score freely."

At one stage they bowled part-time offspinner Iftikhar Ahmed in the second over after the dinner break, when the pink ball is hardest to face under lights.

Despite Afridi’s fielding howlers, he did however provide the only highlight for Pakistan, getting Burns edging behind cheaply.

With AAP