Waugh century puts Pakistan in trouble

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Australia 463; Pakistan 40-3

Steve Waugh scored an unbeaten century to help Australia take a firm grip on the first Test after a dismal batting and fielding performance by Pakistan in Brisbane yesterday.

The tourists lost three cheap wickets late in the day after dropping eight catches as Australia were dismissed for 463 in their first innings. At the close of play on the second day, Pakistan were struggling on 40 for 3.

Waugh survived three chances on his way to a defiant 112 not out, his ninth Test century and his first against Pakistan. He survived two chances in one over before reaching his century just before tea at the Gabba.

Craig McDermott made the vital breakthrough for Australia when Salim Elahi edged a catch to Mark Taylor at first slip with the score on 11 and the total 20. Taylor snapped up a second chance when Ramiz Raja edged a ball from Shane Warne to leave Pakistan on 37 for 2. Three runs later, Saqlain Mushtaq was trapped leg before by Glenn McGrath off the last ball of the day.

In a further blow for Pakistan, their fast bowler Waqar Younis was forced off late in Australia's innings with a calf injury, joining the batsman Salim Malik - who did not play all day after requiring six stitches on a cut hand - in the pavilion.

(Second day; Australia won toss)

AUSTRALIA - First Innings

(Overnight: 262 for 4)

S R Waugh not out 112

G S Blewett lbw b Waqar Younis 57

I A Healy c sub b Mohammad Akram 18

P R Reiffel lbw b Waqar Younis 9

S K Warne c Moin Khan b Aamir Sohail 5

C J McDermott b Waqar Younis 8

G McGrath st Moin Khan b Aamir Sohail 5

Extras (b2, lb6, w4, nb13) 25

Total (161.5 overs) 463

Fall (cont): 5-385, 6-411, 7-434, 8-441, 9-452.

Bowling: Wasim Akram 38-9-84-2; Waqar Younis 29.5-7-101-3; Mohammad Akram 33.1-4-97-1; Saqlain Mushtaq 44-12-130-2; Aamir Sohail 16.5-2-43-2.

PAKISTAN - First Innings

Salim Elahi c Taylor b McDermott 11

Aamir Sohail not out 17

Ramiz Raja c Taylor b Warne 8

Saqlain Mushtaq lbw b McGrath 0

Extras (lb1, nb3) 4

Total (for 3, 17 overs) 40

Fall: 1-20, 2-37, 3-40.

To bat: Inzamam-ul-Haq, Salim Malik, Basit Ali, Moin Khan, *Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Mohammad Akram.

Bowling (to date): McDermott 6-2-15-1; McGrath 7-1-17-1; Warne 4-2-7- 1.

n A waterlogged pitch caused the third day's play in the third and final Test between India and New Zealand in Cuttack to be abandoned without a ball bowled yesterday. The second day was also washed out following a rain-hit opening day on which India scored 120 for 3.