Mixed day for Mushtaq on his comeback

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Australia 267; Pakistan 33-2

Mushtaq Ahmed, the Pakistan leg-spinner, suffered mixed fortunes as the tourists recovered some pride on the first day of the second Test against Australia in Hobart.

The Somerset player, recalled by Pakistan following their humiliating innings defeat in the first Test, claimed career-best Test bowling figures as Australia struggled to 267 all out. However, Mushtaq's celebrations were cut short when he returned to the wicket as nightwatchman only to suffer a first-ball duck as Pakistan reached 33 for 2 in reply at the close.

That was a second wicket in successive balls for Australia's pace bowler Glenn McGrath after he removed the opener Salim Elahi for 13.

Mushtaq, who replaced the off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, completed his first five-wicket Test haul with the wicket of Mark Waugh, who led Australia's resistance with 88.

Steve Waugh, the all-rounder Greg Blewett, the wicketkeeper Ian Healy and the pace bowler Paul Reiffel also fell to Mushtaq's wiles. He finished with 5 for 115 from 30 overs, eclipsing his previous best of 4 for 121 in the third Test against Australia at Lahore last year.

Mark Waugh hit his fifty in just 61 balls before curbing his natural aggression as he tried to hold the innings together. He eventually lofted a catch to Ramiz Raja in the outfield to end a 223-minute stay at the crease.

(First day; Australia won toss)

AUSTRALIA - First Innings

*M A Taylor b Wasim 40

M J Slater lbw b Wasim 0

D C Boon run out 34

M E Waugh c Ramiz Raja b Mushtaq 88

S R Waugh c Moin Khan b Mushtaq 7

G S Blewett b Mushtaq 0

I A Healy c Basit Ali b Mushtaq 37

P R Reiffel c Mohammad b Mushtaq 14

S K Warne not out 27

C J McDermott b Waqar 0

G McGrath b Wasim 3

Extras (b3, lb9, nb5) 17

Total (78.3 overs) 267

Fall: 1-0, 2-68, 3-111, 4-156, 5-156, 6-211, 7-235, 8-238, 9-244.

Bowling: Wasim Akram 18.3-7-42-3; Waqar Younis 17-3-54-1; Mohammad Akram 10-1-41-0; Mushtaq Ahmed 30-5-115-5; Aamir Sohail 3-1-3-0.

PAKISTAN - First Innings

Salim Elahi b McGrath 13

Aamir Sohail not out 15

Mushtaq Ahmed lbw b McGrath 0

Ramiz Raja not out 4

Extras (lb1) 1

Total (for 2, 9 overs) 33

Fall: 1-24, 2-24.

To bat: *Wasim Akram, Moin Khan, Basit Ali, Mohammad Akram, Waqar Younis, Inazamam-ul-Haq, Ijaz Ahmed.

Bowling (to date): McDermott 5-0-19-0; McGrath 4-0-13-2.

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