Australia 305-3 At Stumps
By Admin - Sat Dec 26, 2:27 pm
MELBOURNE : Australia are three for 305 at stumps after winning the toss on day one of the Boxing Day cricket Test against Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Poor fielding and dropped catches by Pakistan players helped Australia pile up 305 runs for three wickets.
However, the both openers could not succeed in reaching their individual hundreds and were out in the nineties.
Shane Watson, who earlier fell twice in the nineties in Adelaide and Perth, again became the victim of the nervous 90s as he was run out on 93. He has made six half-centuries in 11 innings as opener.
His partner Simon Katich also fell on 98, missing his ninth Test hundred.
Both openers provided their team a solid start of 182 runs. It is the sixth time in 11 innings that Watson and Katich notched a partnership of more than 50 runs.
Later, captain Ricky Ponting also made fifty. He was dismissed for 57 after adding 51 with Katich for the second and 58 with Michael Hussey (38 not out) for the third wicket.
Fast bowler Mohammad Asif was the most successful bowler for Pakistan taking two wickets for 69 runs.