Shaheen Afridi gets early break through but Australia still strong in second test

David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne were patient as they settled on the crease after an early wicket on the first day of the second Test against Pakistan at Adelaide Oval on Friday.

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Shaheen Shah Afridi gave Pakistan a breakthrough when Joe Burns (4) was caught behind in the fourth over. Afridi also remained the least expensive bowler, giving away just eight runs in his six overs.

Australia captain Tim Paine won the toss and chose to bat.

After thrashing the visitors by an innings and five runs in Brisbane, the home side named an unchanged team as they look to inflict a 14th consecutive defeat on Pakistan in Australia.

“The wicket looks really good. There might be a bit of rain around and it will be interesting to see how the pink ball handles it with the wet outfield,” said Paine, under overcast skies.

The visitors recalled paceman Mohammad Abbas, who was surprisingly omitted in Brisbane, with Imran Khan dropped.

AFP

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