Australia collapse as first Test slips away

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Mohammad Hafeez marked his return to Test cricket with a century as Pakistan reached 255 for three at stumps on the first day of the series-opening test match against Australia on Sunday.

Pakistan handed a debut to allrounder Bilal Asif, while Mohammad Hafeez returned to the Test side after a two-year absence. Things will get tougher for Australia on a crumbling pitch and their biggest hurdle - the spin.

If you look at Australia's current playing XI in Dubai, they have three debutants - Travis Head, Aaron Finch, and Marnus Labuschagne.

Another run out resulted in the wicket of Safraz Ahmed (15) before the tourists wrapped up the tail and left their batsmen with an unenviable 13 overs to face after a long day in the field.

The pair frustrated the Australian attack with some solid batting as Pakistan reached 329-4 at lunch, with both in sight of centuries.

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Asad Shafiq and Haris Sohail then went on to score a partnership of 69 runs on the fifth wicket.

Khawaja hit eight fours before miscuing a premeditated sweep and was caught at short leg while Finch had five boundaries and a six in his knock.

He was finally dismissed by Nathan Lyon, caught behind as he tried to cut the off-spinner, having easily surpassed his previous best of 76 made against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi a year ago.

An early Peter Siddle breakthrough was the only highlight of the day, bowling nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas on day two. The second and final Test will be played in Abu Dhabi from October 16.

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