Aussies end Pakistan resistance to seal big first Test win

Australian Associated Press

Australia have opened their Test summer with a win after finishing off an innings-and-five-run victory over Pakistan with a day to spare in Brisbane.

Josh Hazlewood had four second-innings wickets with fellow quicks Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc also chipping in on Sunday to have Pakistan all out for 335.

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Babar Azam offered the main resistance for the visitors with his second Test century, as part of a 132-run sixth-wicket stand with Muhammad Rizwan.

But after the pair held out for two-and-a-half hours, Nathan Lyon finally broke Pakistan's back when he spun one in at Babar and drew the edge on 104.

It was all smiles for Australia after their big first Test win over Pakistan. Pic: Getty
It was all smiles for Australia after their big first Test win over Pakistan. Pic: Getty

Hazlewood (4-63) dismissed Muhammad for 95 after tea, caught at deep third man trying to upper cut the Aussie quick.

It spelt the beginning of the end for Pakistan.

The right-armer removed Yasir Shah moments later, and quickly wrapped up Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Starc finished with 3-73 to make it seven scalps for the match, after he'd removed Pakistan captain Azhar Ali and the out-of-sorts Haris Sohail on the third evening.

Cummins also had two to finish with figures of 2-69, after claiming the first wicket of the morning in Shan Masood for 42 to go with Asad Shafiq the night before.

David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne had previously set up Australia's commanding position with big centuries, as the hosts hit 580 in reply to Pakistan's first-innings 240.

But there were some positive signs for Pakistan.

Babar on Sunday showcased all of the talent that made him one of the most-promising players in world cricket.

He drove through the covers off the front and back foot, and scored at a fair rate considering Pakistan's predicament in the match.

Muhammad's knock was his best in Test cricket, playing with plenty of flair after controversially coming into the squad for former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.

That will at least give them confidence to head to Adelaide for the second and final Test from Friday under lights.