Babar century in vain as Australia win first Test
Australia went one up in their two-Test series against Pakistan when they won the first Test by an innings and five runs at the Gabba in Brisbane on Sunday.
Australian skipper Tim Paine said he would prefer all home Test series to begin at the Gabba after his team 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.
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.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah also made his highest Test score with a fighting 42 to allow the Pakistanis to head to the second Test in Adelaide with some momentum despite the loss.
But there was to be no denying an Australian attack on Sunday which probed and struck at vital moments, whenever Pakistan seemed to be getting the upper hand.
Josh Hazlewood was the pick of the Australian bowlers with 4-63, while Mitchell Starc took 3-73, Pat Cummins 2-69 and Nathan Lyon 1-74.
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.
Pakistan captain Azhar Ali said his team had been on the back foot early and not been able to recover.
“When we won the toss, we wanted to score big in the first innings, but I think on the first day we won two sessions but we lost one very badly,” he said.