His exit led to a shocked silence across the SCG as he gave an emotional farewell to the group.
And even along with his early dismissal, the stage remains to be set for a strong afternoon of runscoring as Australia look to wipe out Pakistan’s first innings lead.
Observe alongside for all of the motion right here.
2.40PM: EARLY TEA TAKEN AMID DARK SKIES
It’s not getting any lighter right here on the SCG, as we anticipate the clouds to get blown away.
Play was halted just below 20 minutes in the past, and umpires have introduced ahead the tea time to 2.40pm, opening the door for an extended ultimate session and probably minimising the misplaced time.
Australia are 2-116 on the tea break.
2.25PM: PLAY HALTED FOR BAD LIGHT
The darkish clouds have gained – with play momentarily halted as a consequence of poor mild.
Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne didn’t hesitate in leaving the bottom, whereas Pakistan’s gamers have been much more upset.
The floodlights have been switched on for a while, and it has change into decidedly gloomy, however it’s nonetheless a shock to see play halted. Australia are 2-116.
Pakistan’s captain Shan Masood was supplied the chance to bowl spin, however that was rejected.
2.15PM: ‘WHAT’S WRONG WITH THEM?’ AUSSIE GO-SLOW ROASTED
Australia have taken the sluggish route in reply to Pakistan’s first innings whole of 313, and it’s earned the ire of Pakistani nice Wasim Akram.
Whereas Pakistan scored at a full of life 4 runs an over below vibrant skies on Wednesday, Australia have crawled alongside at a runrate of little greater than 2.5.
Usman Khawaja was dismissed for 47, having confronted 143 deliveries. Marnus Labuschagne can be putting the ball at round 35.
It’s been sluggish going, and Akram is just not impressed.
“What’s improper with them? They’re not batting on a minefield,” Akram stated on Fox Cricket.
“The ball is just not turning. It’s a very good pitch, the spinners aren’t bowling exceptionally properly however the runrate is 2.51.
“They’re not even making an attempt to play. Usman Khawaja was properly set however was simply blocking every part, and for those who do that you just’re going to get a very good supply – and he received one ultimately.”
2.10PM: KHAWAJA’S SCG STREAK COMES TO AN END
– Lachie McKirdy
Usman Khawaja’s unimaginable streak of centuries on the SCG got here to an finish on Thursday after he was caught behind for 47 simply after lunch.
The opener’s Check profession acquired a brand new lease of life when he was introduced again into the Australian facet for the fourth match of the 2021-22 Ashes on the similar venue, however he couldn’t repeat his similar heroics.
Khawaja began the innings on the lookout for a fourth-consecutive century at his dwelling floor the place he made his Check debut 13 years in the past.
Nevertheless, he was introduced undone after Aamir Jamal received him to tickle one down the legside.
The excellent news for Khawaja is that he nonetheless holds the report as essentially the most constant batter to ever take guard on the SCG in Checks.
Of all batters to have performed 10 or extra Check innings on the venue, Khawaja has the perfect common, at present sitting at 118.85. And solely Ricky Ponting (six) has scored greater than Khawaja’s 4 centuries on the bottom.
2.05PM: WICKET! AUSSIES LOSE A SECOND
Usman Khawaja is gone! Strangled down the legside for 47 after a affected person – and infrequently painful – innings.
Aamir Jamal will get the scalp, including to his spectacular haul this collection, with a brief ball that Khawaja gloves by way of to Rizwan behind the stumps.
Umpire Gough is unmoved, however the determination is overturned on evaluation as HotSpot is Khawaja’s undoing.
Australia now 2-108 and will discover themselves below strain except this partnership of Labuschagne and Smith can get it going.
1.55PM: ‘SOMETHING WRONG’ – 23 WICKETS FALL IN ONE DAY
Whereas Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne are having fun with pristine batting situations in the course of the SCG, it’s price reflecting on the carnage that occurred in South Africa in a single day.
Australia are 1-107, one thing that batsmen at Newlands would’ve begged for final night time.
A unprecedented 23 wickets fell on the primary day’s play within the second Check between India and South Africa, prompting South African batting guide Ashwell Prince to declare ‘there was one thing improper’.
1.45PM: SLOW-GOING AUSSIES CRACK A TON
That’s the 100 up for Australia, introduced up half an hour after the lunch break.
It’s been a tough graft for the Australian prime order, with the runrate hovering round 2.5 an over, however they’re slowly chipping away at Pakistan’s first innings whole. They path by 213.
Usman Khawaja, the SCG specialist, is inching his manner in direction of one more half-century on the well-known floor whereas Marnus Labuschagne has been affected person on the different finish to be unbeaten on 18.
1.35PM: ‘IT WORKS’: AUSSIE BOUNCER STARTEGY FINDS ALLY
We’ve heard loads of criticism of Australia’s techniques in direction of the Pakistan tailend – criticism which harks again to related techniques used through the Ashes final yr.
However cricket commentator Adam Collins posed an argument for its defence on the Closing Phrase cricket podcast, which he hosts with Geoff Lemon.
Australia had Pakistan on the ropes at 9-227 earlier than Aamir Jamal (82) and Mir Hamza (7) added 86 for the tenth wicket to drastically change the temper in each dressing rooms on the finish of day one.
Australia’s technique was closely reliant on short-pitched bowling from their trio of star quicks, whereas stacking the boundary with fielders with Jamal on strike.
However, whereas admitting it ‘wasn’t fairly’, Collins supplied a unique view as to why Australia stubbornly caught with the tactic.
“They took 5-18 solely with quick balls on the MCG final week and 4-37 thus far the place that partnership began (on day one on the SCG),” Collins stated.
“I agree it’s not fairly, we’ve talked about it so many occasions in 2023.
“(However) it’s not simply Australia that has arrived at this conclusion, all of them do it.
“And there’s a purpose all of them do it – most of the time it’s efficient. This isn’t some ‘let’s not their blocks off’ flex, they know their numbers inform them it really works.”
1.20PM: PAKISTAN WOES CONTINUE WITH INJURED PACEMAN
Hasan Ali grabbed on the backside of the shin, within the ankle area, within the minutes after the lunch break.
The skilled worldwide fast instantly limped from the sector, leaving Pakistan a bowler down early within the center session.
“It doesn’t look good in any respect, I’m afraid,” gives Ian Smith on Fox Cricket.
Ali didn’t bowl notably properly earlier on Thursday, however with Australia’s batsmen seeking to benefit from a flat wicket Pakistan will definitely want all of their arsenal at their disposal.
In any other case it’ll go away an enormous duty on the shoulders of spin duo Sajid Khan and Agha Salman.
1.10PM: CLOUDS RETURN, PAKISTAN LOSE KEY BOWLER
The environment on the SCG has modified significantly within the lunch break – the winds have picked up, and introduced throughout appreciable cloud cowl.
The expected storms, as a consequence of hit mid-afternoon, might be on their manner.
What formed as a dream batting session because the ball softened may be a bit extra uncomfortable for the Australians, who begin the session 235 runs in arrears.
Usman Khawaja, who loves batting on the SCG, has performed a chanceless knock to date to be unbeaten on 35, whereas Marnus Labuschagne is unbeaten on 3 – decided to place a below-par 2023, by his requirements, behind him.
Pakistan have some woes, nevertheless, with Hasan Ali compelled from the sector within the first handful of balls after the break with an damage.
1PM: GREEN BACKED TO REPLACE WARNER
With David Warner’s Check profession all however over, consideration has turned to his substitute.
It’s lengthy seemed like a shootout between Cameron Bancroft, Marcus Harris and Matthew Renshaw however momentum is gathering behind all-rounder Cameron Inexperienced.
Forward of the Sydney Check, captain Pat Cummins said he would be comfortable with a non-specialiast opener replacing Warner, and on Thursday former selector Mark Waugh threw his voice behind Inexperienced.
“I’m going Cameron Inexperienced,” Waugh stated on Fox Cricket when requested to elect his Warner substitute. “Bought to get him within the staff. He gives with the ball, within the subject.
“He might be a bit like Shane Watson, he batted down the center then he opened the batting for Australia.
“He’s a very good participant of quick bowling, I really feel he will get a bit nervous sitting round all day so get him in towards the brand new ball. He’s received a sound approach, large tall boy, I’m going with him.”
Former England opener Michael Vaughan backed Waugh’s name.
“Cameron Inexperienced for me performs the quicks properly, he’s a greater participant when the spinner comes on then beginning towards spin, and I feel he’s a world class performer,” Vaughan stated. “Opening the batting, like Shane Watson, might additional his profession”
12.30PM: AUSSIES LOSE WARNER, REACH LUNCH
David Warner day has been ruined, nevertheless it might nonetheless be Australia’s day.
The hosts are 1-78 at lunch, with Usman Khawaja unbeaten on 35 and Marnus Labuschagne on 3.
However the story of the morning was the exit of David Warner, who departed for 34 having been gifted a second likelihood by Pakistan’s sloppy fielders.
He walked off to a standing ovation from the SCG crowd, not realizing whether or not he’ll bat once more in Check cricket.
For that to occur Australia’s batsmen should money in in a giant day on a placid SCG deck, however that’s not past the realms of chance.
Khawaja and Labuschagne will resume after lunch with a mountain of runs of their sights. There will likely be little or no wiggle room for Pakistan – they merely should get every part proper, and stroll away with a hatful of wickets if they’re to keep away from a collection sweep.
12.10PM: WICKET! WARNER GONE!
A wicket! David Warner Day involves an early finish, 20 minutes earlier than lunch.
Salman will get the flip and bounce and squares Warner up, coming off the splice of the bat and flying to first slip the place Babar Azam takes a superb diving catch.
Warner’s innings involves an finish on 34.
Warner will get a standing ovation from the Sydney crowd, acknowledging his stature within the sport – might that be the final time we see him bat in Check cricket? It’s unlikely, however it’s potential.
11.50AM: ‘BAT AS LONG AS YOU CAN’ – RUNS FLOWING FOR AUSTRALIA
There’s a variety of speak – as there typically is – about how harmful the SCG pitch might be for the spin bowlers on either side later within the Check.
However the best way Usman Khawaja is batting means that spin is just not the most important issue, simply but.
He’s danced down the wicket to Sajid Khan a lot of occasions within the one over, thumping him over lengthy on for 4 to nudge in direction of a 50-run partnership between he and Warner.
Having navigated the trickier situations within the first half hour, it appears to be like like situations will speak in confidence to be great for batting immediately.
And as I kind that, Warner punches out one other two runs onto the onside to carry up the 50-run opening stand.
“I feel it’s going to be a ‘bat so long as you may state of affairs’ for Australia,’ as soon as this ball will get gentle there’s not going to be a variety of chew within the pitch… the runs will come,” says Mark Waugh.
11.35AM: ROUGH START FOR PAKISTAN
It’s drinks on within the first session on day two and it’s been a little bit of the identical previous story for Pakistan.
A promising begin from Australia’s openers might’ve been snuffed out by the only of catches, however as a substitute the guests entered the drinks break in a foul temper after Saim Ayub’s horrible drop off David Warner.
Australia are 0-39, with Warner on 21 and Khawaja 16 – however the retiring star needs to be again within the sheds.
Warner was dropped on 20 at first slip, some extent which is bound to frustrate captain Shan Masood.
“We’ve carried out some actually good work, put the ball in the proper areas, created a possibility which we didn’t seize and that’s been the story for us this collection,” Masood instructed Fox Cricket.
“If you bowl properly, you create alternatives, you want to seize onto your possibilities and sadly we’ve let go of one other one.”
11.20AM: DROPPED! WARNER GETS A LIFE
Pakistan are taking part in their function on David Warner day, with debutant Saim Ayub spilling the only of possibilities at first slip.
With Warner on 20, he edged Aamir Jamal to first slip the place Ayub made a large number of the catch that might’ve silenced the partisan crowd on the SCG.
As an alternative, they groaned in unison because the surprising drop was replayed on the large display screen.
“That’s as straightforward because it will get at first slip,” says Adam Gilchrist on Fox Cricket.
Australia at the moment are 0-31… and the way doubtless is that to price Pakistan dearly?
“Fairly presumably the worst feeling you may have on the cricket subject,” provides Michael Hussey.
11.10AM: ‘PREDICTABLE’ AUSSIE TACTICS SAVAGED BY GREATS
Australia’s tail-ender techniques have come below fireplace, after they let Pakistan off the hook late on day one with a relentless short-ball barrage as Aamir Jamal report a career-best 82.
Pakistan have been on the ropes at 9-227 earlier than a ultimate wicket partnership pushed them to a much more respectable whole of 313.
Australia caught with its most well-liked lower-order plan of assault, which revolves round short-pitched bowling, however a reluctance to alter issues up was savaged by Pakistan nice Wasim Akram and Australia’s Michael Hussey.
“It not often works, that tactic,” Hussey stated.
“You see the sector all return and so they’re simply hoping that the tailender makes a mistake.
“They’d carried out fairly properly by seeking to pitch the ball up, assault the stumps towards the highest order batsmen. You surprise why they went away from that towards the tail finish.”
Akram was mystified at why Australia’s tempo assault of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood didn’t deviate from a tactic that wasn’t working.
“They turned too predictable,” he stated.
“They’ve three of essentially the most skilled quick bowlers in world cricket – 200 plus wickets, one has 300 plus wickets.
“They need to’ve been a plan B. Have sq. leg again, have level fielder again and assault the stumps.
“Inform Jamal to hit me straight, after which you could have an opportunity. And the odd bouncer, however not each second ball quick.”
Additional results of the tenth wicket stand might be felt deep into the Check match Hussey stated.
“They managed to attain runs in a short time, however additionally they stored the Australian bowlers on the market for longer – making them bowl one additional spell, two additional spells,” he stated.
“Which could take its toll as this match wears on.”
10.55AM: CRICKET AUSTRALIA UPDATE ON MISSING BAGGY GREEN
– Lachie McKirdy
The seek for David Warner’s backpack containing his two saggy greens continues as he bats on the second day of the SCG Check.
After the bag went lacking in transit from Melbourne, Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley confirmed on Thursday morning that each one fingers are on deck to attempt to find the caps.
“We haven’t given up but however we maintain our fingers crossed,” Hockley stated on SEN Check Cricket.
“It’s a terrific thriller. It hasn’t turned up but. A number of individuals have been working very laborious making an attempt to look below each rock.
“I implore if anybody is aware of something to return ahead. It’s the factor each child aspires to put on. I do wish to thank everybody who has been working laborious to find it.”
Hockley additionally paid tribute to Warner’s legacy as he involves the top of his Check profession and predicted that the dynamic opener gained’t be misplaced to cricket.
“I feel [his legacy] is huge and he’ll proceed to make an immense contribution,” Hockley stated.
“It’s been a terrific second and week to replicate on his whole profession. I feel Andrew McDonald stated it, our biggest all-format participant ever.
“To be plucked straight into worldwide cricket with out taking part in any first-class cricket reveals the prodigious expertise that he’s. He’s as match as he’s ever been and [this week has] been a terrific alternative to rejoice every part he’s achieved.”
10.45AM: CLOUDS CLEAR ON BATTING PARADISE
It was muggy and overcast half an hour in the past, simply earlier than the beginning of play on day two, and it seemed a bit bit ominous for Australia’s openers.
However robust winds have blown a number of the cloud cowl away – which ought to ease considerations for David Warner and Usman Khawaja concerning the potential hooping ball from Pakistan’s paceman.
Mir Hamza has began strongly on Thursday, hitting the proper areas and giving Australia’s batsmen little or no, although Hasan Ali has been a contact extra wayward.
However it now appears to be like like an amazing day for batting, ought to this pair get by way of the primary half hour.
“It might be an extended day for Pakistan,” gives Mark Waugh on Fox Cricket.
10.30AM: THE PIGEON AND THE GOAT
– Ben Horne
Glenn McGrath introduced Nathan Lyon along with his Five hundredth-wicket ball earlier than play on Thursday as he welcomed the champion off-spinner into his unique membership.
Lyon joined McGrath and Shane Warne as the one Australian bowlers to have taken greater than 500 wickets when he reached the uncommon milestone on the finish of the primary Check in Perth.
McGrath completed his illustrious profession with 563 Check wickets and is resigned to the very fact Lyon – at present 506 wickets – will finally knock off his report.
The massive query is whether or not Lyon, 36, will be capable of battle on lengthy sufficient to problem Warne’s immortal mark of 708 Check wickets.
Additionally earlier than play on Thursday, Usman Khawaja was awarded ABC radio’s prestigious Alan McGilvray medal for one more excellent yr the place he stood out because the premier batsman in world cricket.
Khawaja was the one worldwide batsman to submit greater than 1000 runs in Check cricket in 2023.
All eyes are on how he’ll carry out on day two of the Sydney Check as he resumes his innings alongside his childhood mate, David Warner – in what’s Warner’s farewell Check.
10:15AM MASSIVE SESSION LOOMS FOR AUSTRALIA
It’s David Warner day on the SCG immediately – however the climate gods might not have gotten the memo.
As a result of it’s humid and a contact overcast in Sydney this morning, prime situations to get the ball to swing. And, armed with a ball that’s one over previous, Pakistan’s quicks will likely be licking their lips.
There are nonetheless loads of runs on this wicket, as evidenced by Pakistan’s great rear-guard motion within the third session on day one.
And, in response to Australian nice Mike Hussey, somebody from Australia should money in immediately in any other case Pakistan will likely be within the field seat to win this Check.
“I feel it’s a large day for Australia. Australia must bat properly immediately and get a result in put Pakistan below strain,” Hussey stated on Fox Cricket.
“Batting final on this pitch is just not going to be straightforward in any respect. In order that they must get a lead.
“I feel it’s going to be a very good pitch for batting on immediately, particularly when you get by way of the brand new ball.
“(But when) Pakistan have a giant day and win immediately, I reckon they’re within the field seat to win this Check.”
10.00AM: REMEMBERING WARNER’S 100 IN A SESSION
– Lachie McKirdy
All eyes will likely be on David Warner as he takes to the SCG to bat on day two with an opportunity to log out from his Check profession in model.
And whereas he was fortunate to outlive a scare final night time going through the spin of Sajid Khan, he will likely be seeking to repeat his heroics from the final time Pakistan performed a Check on the SCG on Thursday morning.
In 2017, Warner created historical past by scoring a century inside the primary session of the New Yr’s Check.
He reached triple figures off simply 76 deliveries and introduced his dwelling crowd to their ft as he turned the primary participant in 41 years to realize the feat in Check cricket.
The contrasting nature of Warner’s knock was on full show with 20-year-old Matt Renshaw down the opposite finish contributing simply 19 runs by the point the century partnership had been reached.
Warner was dismissed simply after lunch and completed his innings on 113 off 95 deliveries, together with 17 fours.
Now in his 112th and ultimate Check match, Warner averages 105.30 throughout seven matches at dwelling towards Pakistan. And with 5 centuries to his identify towards the guests, he will likely be seeking to end his profession with yet one more as Australia makes an attempt to make inroads on Pakistan’s first innings whole of 313.
9.30AM; CAPTAIN PAT IS ON HIS TRAIL
– Jacob Kuriype
Michael Vaughan’s prediction Pat Cummins would retire as Australia’s second greatest ever Test cricketer was among the many large speaking factors on day one.
Forward of play on day two, Kerry O’Keeffe weighed into the controversy on Fox Cricket’s Check Cricket Every day.
As issues stand, amongst quick bowlers O’Keeffe nonetheless has Cummins sitting second, sandwiched between Glenn McGrath and Dennis Lillee. Nevertheless, he might see that altering imminently.
“My trifecta is McGrath one, Cummins two, Lillee three,” O’Keeffe stated.
“However Pat has shrunk his Check bowling common right down to 22.1. If he will get into the 21s, which he might properly do within the speedy futrue he might recover from the nice Pidgeon as a result of he’s an all-pitch bowler now and he appears to be getting higher.
“His command of size, his command of motion, his learn of the batter, I don’t assume I’ve ever seen him bowl higher than he has prior to now couple of weeks.
“McGrath will likely be nervous. The captain Pat is on his path.”
After his third consecutive five-wicket haul, Cummins’ Check numbers learn 257 wickets at 22.13. McGrath took 563 at 21.64 throughout his 124 Check profession and Lillee 355 at 23.92 throughout 132 Checks.
9.00AM: HOW WARNER RECONNECTED WITH HIS TRUE WORKING-CLASS-HERO SELF
– Ben Horne
Tales swirled across the SCG as David Warner took to his dwelling floor for the final time … just like the one about how he banished the Bentley and took a Toyota.
The person from the housing fee flats in Matraville who turned the multi-millionaire cricket celebrity is a part of the wealthy tapestry of his life.
When Warner and spouse Candice first met supervisor to the celebs James Erskine as he seemed to rebuild his profession after the Sandpapergate scandal, his new advisor had one piece of parting recommendation.
“As he was leaving, I realised he owned a Bentley. I stated, ‘oh by the best way, one final thing – lose the Bentley,” Erskine stated on 3AW radio.
“4 days later he arrived in a Toyota truck, so I believed that was fairly spectacular.”
Warner reconnected with the individual he’s – a working class hero – and on Wednesday these individuals he grew up with packed into the SCG to look at his farewell, as an all-time nice of Check cricket.
Father Howard and mom Lorraine, brother Steve and dozens of household and associates gathered to look at ‘The Bull’ one final time amongst 33,905 Sydneysiders – the most important day one crowd for a Pakistan Check on the SCG.
It was a household affair as Warner led his three daughters, Ivy, Indi and Isla out to the center with him to sing the nationwide anthems earlier than play: the women’ with ‘Warner 31’ emblazoned on the again of their matching whites.
And within the stands, was spouse Candice, the rock of his life who impressed his extraordinary comeback from his lowest second.
“I can’t reward Candice extra extremely. I’ve a variety of time for her,” Erskine stated.
“To be brutally sincere, I don’t assume David would have gotten by way of all of it and be the individual he’s if Candice hadn’t been his missus.”
Warner began day certainly one of ‘Warner Week’ on a panel along with his soon-to-be colleagues at Fox Cricket listening as actor Matt Nable gave a stirring narration of his unimaginable life’s journey.
“Let’s go have a beer now,” Warner stated – however after all there was a job to do first.
Earlier than play, Australian coach Andrew McDonald addressed his gamers privately within the SCG dressing rooms and paid tribute to Warner in entrance of his friends.
In McDonald’s opinion, in addition to captain Pat Cummins’, Warner is the best three-format cricketer Australia has ever produced.
A highlights bundle was performed and after the Check a farewell celebration social gathering will likely be thrown in Warner’s honour for his teammates, household and associates.
Warner was compelled to take to the sector in a substitute saggy inexperienced, after Pakistan spoiled the social gathering and determined to bat first.
Regardless of his emotional pleas for its return, the thieves who stole Warner’s saggy greens out of his baggage this week are nonetheless but to return clear.
“I haven’t discovered my caps. As I stated in my video, in case you have received my again pack, I’ll provide you with my backpack, all I need is these saggy greens again. Please,” Warner stated.
Father Howard took goal on the “scumbag” who had nicked his son’s most prized possessions.
“No matter scumbag has taken it’ll have to put it off very shortly,” Warner snr instructed SEN Radio.
“They’ll discover it dumped someplace. I do know he’s emotional. He would like to stroll out with that saggy inexperienced on but when he can’t, he can’t. What are you able to do?”