Dubai -Opener David Warner hit an aggressive hundred but Australia lost four
wickets on the third day of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai on
The left-hander was unbeaten on 133 for his ninth Test
century - third consecutive in as many innings - to take Australia to
207-4 at lunch after Pakistan fought back in the extended two-and-a-half
hour session due to Friday prayers.
Australia trail Pakistan's first innings total of 454 by 247 runs with six wickets intact.
Mitchell Marsh was the other unbeaten batsman on nought at the interval.
saw Australia lose Chris Rogers (38), Alex Doolan (five) and skipper
Michael Clarke (two) in the space of just 30 runs before he and Steven
Smith (22) added 48 for the fourth wicket.
Warner drove paceman Imran Khan to cover boundary for his eighth four to complete his hundred off just 128 balls.
The left-hander had hit a century in each innings against South Africa at Cape Town in Australia's last Test in March this year.
So far he has hit 11 boundaries and two sixes in his 171-ball knock.
Australia, resuming on a strong position at 113-0, lost Rogers when he played on to seamer Rahat Ali.
was again in the scheme of things when his direct throw from the mid-on
found Doolan short of his crease as he attempted a sharp single.
short on match practice after failing in the warm-up game, survived
just 13 balls before giving a bat-pad catch to short-leg off left-arm
spinner Zulfiqar Babar.
Smith helped Warner to take the score to
206 before he fell in the penultimate over before lunch, playing
straight into the hands of point to give leg-spinner Yasir Shah his