Brisbane - Pakistan were left to rue a basic error from 16-year-old debutant
Naseem Shah as Australia opener David Warner plundered the visitors'
attack with a brilliant 151 not out on the second day of the first Test
at the Gabba on Friday.
Australia finished the day on 312 for the
loss of just one wicket, 72 runs ahead of Pakistan's first innings total
of 240 and already in the driving seat.
Marnus Labuschagne was
alongside Warner on 55, with the only wicket to fall that of Joe Burns,
who made 97 before sweeping a Yasir Shah (1-101) delivery onto his
Warner scored his first Test century since a year-long ban
for ball-tampering, but only after a huge let-off when he was caught
behind off a Naseem no-ball.
The mercurial opener was on 56 at the
time, and he then survived a near run-out on 93 before ending a century
drought stretching back nearly two years.
The 33-year-old, who
managed just 95 runs in 10 innings during this year's Ashes series
against England, reached his 22nd Test ton when he turned Yasir around
the corner for a single in the second over after tea.
Ashes, he spent a year in the wilderness over the ball-tampering scandal
and there were questions as to whether his days as an automatic choice
at the top of the order were over.
However, in home conditions and
against an attack that struggled for sideways movement, Warner was in
imperious form as he brought up his fourth Test century at the Gabba.
me it's about going out there and backing my ability," he said,
insisting he never felt any pressure about his place in the side.
"At the end of the day you get selected or you don't get selected and you've just got to accept that."
the second last over of the day, Warner had another close shave when he
was beaten by an Imran Khan delivery that brushed the off stump without
disturbing the bails.
"Today I was on the receiving end of a bit
of luck, which is what you need in a game - over there (in England) I
didn't get any luck at all," he said.
looked impressive on debut and regularly bowled at over 145 kilometres per hour, but he was guilty of overstepping the mark on a
number of occasions, despite not being called by the umpire.
In the second over after lunch, he enticed an expansive drive from Warner, who nicked the ball to wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan.
Warner had barely left the crease when he was called back after TV
umpire Michael Gough picked up that Naseem had again misplaced his front
Naseem looked like he belonged on the big stage with a
number of bristling spells before leaving the field late in the day with
an apparent leg injury.
"He won't get a harder Test debut, bowling at the Gabba," Warner said.
"He kept his speed up the whole day - he charged in all day, there's a (future) superstar there."
lack of movement meant Warner and Burns were able to play Naseem with
relative ease, although he smashed Burns on the elbow two balls before
the lunch break.