Marnus Labuschagne posted a career-high 185 and David Warner contributed 154 as the top three batsmen scored 436 of Australia’s 580 first-innings runs in the first Test against Pakistan.
Pakistan’s first three wickets fell within seven overs in the second innings late on Saturday to conclude a lopsided first three days in the series-opener at the Gabba, where the Australians haven’t lost a test since 1988.
Pakistan were 64-3 at stumps with two days to play, still 276 runs in arrears with seven wickets in hand.
Just like the batting lineup dominated an inexperienced attack, Australia’s fast bowlers were right on top.
Mitchell Starc, who took four wickets in Pakistans first innings of 240, added another two in his first spell in the second. The left-arm paceman trapped Pakistan captain Azhar Ali (5) lbw in the third over with the total on 13, and five balls later had Haris Sohail (8) caught behind to make it 25-2.
Asad Shafiq, the leading scorer in Pakistan’s first stand, didn’t get off the mark before getting a thick edge off Pat Cummins to Steve Smith at second slip and it was 25-3.