BRISBANE, Nov 24: Australian captain Tim Paine said he would prefer all home Test series to begin at the Gabba after his side recorded a dominant win over Pakistan in the first Test on Sunday.
Josh Hazlewood of Australia reacts after taking the wicket of Pakistani batsman Iftikhar Ahmed during day four of the 1st Domain Test at The Gabba in Brisbane, on Sunday.
The Australians went one up in their two-Test series when they won the opening match at the Brisbane fortress by an innings and five runs late on the fourth day for their 29th consecutive Test victory at the venue dating back to 1988.
“We like playing here and we’ve done well here for a long time, so we’d like to start here against anyone,” Paine said when asked whether India should open next year’s Test tour in Brisbane, the traditional start to an Australian summer.
On India’s last tour of Australia, the first Test was moved to Adelaide where the tourists won by 31 runs.
Pakistan were left chasing the match once they were bowled out for 240 in their first innings having won the toss and elected to bat.
Australia replied with 580 on the back of big centuries by man-of-the match Marnus Labuschagne and opener David Warner.
Australia’s top three of Joe Burns (97), Warner (154) and Labuschagne (185) scored 436 runs, with Paine saying the team now had the benefit of stability at the top of the order.
“We’ve known Burnsie’s a top-quality opening bat for a long time and it’s great having him back in the side opening with Davey (Warner),” Paine said.
“It’s been hard to have stability because we haven’t been performing as we’d like ... but I think we’ve got a pretty good group at the moment and can still get a lot better as well.”
After beginning their second innings 340 runs behind Australia and then losing three cheap wickets in the afternoon session on Saturday, the Pakistanis put up stern resistance Sunday before finally succumbing late in the final session.
Babar Azam scored a magnificent century and Mohammad Rizwan fell five runs short of his first as Pakistan were dismissed for 335 late on the fourth day.
Pakistan 1st innings 240
Australia 1st innings 580
Pakistan 2nd innings (overnight 64-3): Shan Masood c Paine b Cummins 42, Azhar Ali lbw Starc 5, Haris Sohail c Paine b Starc 8, Asad Shafiq c Smith b Cummins 0, Babar Azam c Paine b Lyon 104, Iftikhar Ahmed c Paine b Hazlewood 0, Mohammad Rizwan c Lyon b Hazlewood 95, Yasir Shah c Wade b Hazlewood 42, Shaheen Afridi c Cummins b Hazlewood 10, Imran Khan c Wade b Starc 5, Naseem Shah not out 0. Extras (b9, lb9, nb1, w5) 24. Total: (all out; 84.2 overs) 335. Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-25, 3-25, 4-93, 5-94, 6-226, 7-305, 8-324, 9-331, 10-335. Bowling: Starc 16.2-1-73-3, Cummins 21-6-69-2, Hazlewood 21-3-63-4, Lyon 21-3-74-1, Labuschagne 5-0-38-0. – AFP