MCC Spirit of Cricket Test Series - 1st Test

Australia v Pakistan

Australia won by 150 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

12.00pm Aamer will get things underway. Pakistan looking very smart, and it must be said, very cold, plenty of jumpers on show. Shane Watson will face the first ball. Three slips, a gully and bat pad in place...

11.45am This should be very interesting first up. The Lord's pitch is generally very friendly to the batsmen but with dense cloud and moisture around there should be plenty for Pakistan's quicks early on. Asif, Aamer and Gul together should be a handful. Will Pakistan hold their catches? Cricinfo blogger Kamran Abbasi is at Lord's and has Tweeted: "Pakistan bowlers on the money in warm up, let's hope they can replicate it when the action starts."

11.30am Boom! Afridi's Test captaincy has started ideally. Pakistan have won the toss and will bowl. Umar Amin and Azhar Ali do indeed come into the side for the first time, while Australia have, as expected, given debuts for Tim Paine and Steve Smith.

So the teams look like this:

Pakistan 1 Imran Farhat, 2 Salman Butt, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Umar Amin, 5 Umar Akmal, 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Kamran Akmal (wk), 8 Mohammad Aamer, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Danish Kaneria, 11 Mohammad Asif.

Australia 1 Shane Watson, 2 Simon Katich, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Michael Hussey, 6 Marcus North, 7 Tim Paine (wk), 8 Steven Smith, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Ben Hilfenhaus, 11 Doug Bollinger.

Just to confirm, lunch will be taken at 1.00pm with tea at 4.00pm and close scheduled for 6.30pm but, light permitting, we could play until 7.00pm.

11.25am Right quit all your moaning we have good news. Play will start at 12.00pm. Huzzah! There will be a toss in about five minutes. You'd think in these conditions the toss would be crucial. Afridi has just pulled on his blazer and, about 15 times, run his hands through his hair. He looks the part. Here's something from Andrew Miller. "Both teams are in huddles with applause ringing out, so I suspect we can expect debuts on both sides." Could be Umar Amin and Azhar Ali for Pakistan, if they are stuck in in these conditions it would be quite an introduction to Test cricket.

11.15am There are plenty of people milling about on the Lord's outfield. Umpires, groundstaff, players, stewards. Quiet chaotic and still no updates. The covers are off, it's not raining, but the outfield is damp. From what I can see there is a brush being dragged around the field to solve the problem. Hmm.

Imran Ali from Ankara Turkey. "I'm with my Turkish friends and today I have to Introduce the game of Cricket to them but the weather back in England is not helping at all." Ah but the rain delay is a precious joy of the game. Meanwhile Phil has an answer to the drainage problem: "Couldn't they sprinkle water on the surface to aid drainage?"

11.00am Poor old Muhammad Junaid, he prepared for everything but the weather. "Borrowed a projector, called my 11 friends at my place to watch Pak vs. Aus test match, spent almost 100 bucks on food and look what is happening at Lord's. Dear ground staff please take care of my investment!"

Meanwhile we have a follower in Manila! "There's a typhoon here in Manila, but I'm dispretely waiting for this crunch match, hope we can see action soon," says a soggy Naveed Khan.

"I live not far from Lords and it has barely rained this morning. What about the much vaunted drainage?" asks Lolly. Yeah it's a good question, I'm told it's because the moisture on the field is too light, so it can't er, seep through the surface. Got it? No, me neither. Luckily Keith Bennett has summarised it all: "The moisture on the field is too light. So that means we don't have play because the ground isn't wet enough."

10.40am Oh dear. This is not great news. The inspection we've just had has yielded nothing but another inspection at 11.15am. It's very frustrating because it's not actually raining. Ho hum.

"If only Doc had built his time machine out of a mini bus instead of a Delorean. I could have shuttled all 22 players back to last week when the weather was glorious. Ho Hum, glad I decided to go to work today instead of slink off to Lords," says Marty McFly.

10.20am If and when it does happen, this really looks like a win-the-toss-and-bowl day, but I said that yesterday and England racked up 347 in 50 overs batting first. Also the Lord's pitch has been mercilessly flat in recent years. You can, of course, share your own rants and revelations on the toss, the pitch and anything else on our Facebook page. I desperately beg you all though to talk strictly about cricket!

10.00am Pakistan, as Brydon's preview will tell you, haven't beaten Australia since November 1995 at the SCG so they have a pretty big task ahead of them. Apparently there will be an inspection now. The field is quite damp and the light does not look too smart, so we're in for a delay. The next inspection will be 10.30am.

9.55am Good news - the covers are off and the pitch is being rolled. You can't do that in the rain - or at least you shouldn't. We might just start on time. There are so many small things to look for this game - Mohammad Asif in England, Mohammad Aamer, Ricky Ponting's prowess against the short ball, Steven Smith, Umar Akmal... I can't wait!

9.45am Hello, good morning and welcome. Hugely exciting day in prospect - Pakistan v Australia at Lord's. It seems like a long time since we've had quality Test action and if the right Pakistan team turns up today we could have a cracker.

I'm Sahil Dutta and I'll be joined by Andrew McGlashan to bring you all the ball-by-ball action. We also have Nagraj Gollapudi, Brydon Coverdale and Andrew Miller at Lord's, and if that's not a dream team, I'm not sure what is.

Speaking of Nagraj, he had a revealing interview with Shahid Afridi yesterday, which is well worth a look. I'm thrilled about Afridi's appointment, if nothing else it should be pulsating viewing, which Yousuf's stint rarely was.

Predictably, after the unbroken six-week heat wave, Test cricket has been welcomed back with a dank, grey and drizzly day at Lord's. It's a concern, but the proficiency of Lord's drainage is a happy cliche, so we should get a lot of cricket today.

Brydon was at the Aussie press conference yesterday and found that a side focussed but aware of a certain Ashes series looming in the background.

0.1

Mohammad Amir to Watson, 1 bye, Kamran Akmal is tested straight away as this swings down the leg side, he sticks out a diving left hand and parries it away for one

0.2

Mohammad Amir to Katich, no run, better line to the left hander, and Katich leaves alone

0.3

Mohammad Amir to Katich, 2 runs, hint of movement off the wicket away from Katich, but he's solidly behind it and punching through the covers for a couple

Another slip has been added. Four in place now. Good stuff, if you can't attack now, when can you?

0.4

Mohammad Amir to Katich, no run, beaten! Good delivery this, pitched and nipped away, zipping past Katich's outside edge

0.5

Mohammad Amir to Katich, no run, good from Pakistan, a good stop in the gully, diving to his left as Katich pushed it towards the point area

0.6

Mohammad Amir to Katich, no run, slightly wide to finish the over but he'll be encouraged by the movement off the wicket

End of over 1 (3 runs) Australia 3/0
SM Katich    2* (5b)      Mohammad Amir    1-0-2-0
SR Watson    0* (1b)     

Mohammad Asif will share the new ball and if his head and body are in working order he should be a real handful. Four slips and a gully in place.

1.1

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, good ball first up from him, bang on a line and length, nibbling away, Watson gets solidly behind it

1.2

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, lovely length from Asif, happy to throw it up at a driving length, no great pace, but enough movement to allow Watson to shoulder arms

1.3

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, drags Watson forward again by throwing it up full, this time it nips back a fraction and Watson skews an inside edge off the drive

1.4

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, movement once more, as there should be on the first morning of a Test, Watson shoulders arms and Akmal takes cleanly, which is always worth noting

1.5

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, this is a good delivery, slightly straighter and forcing Watson to stretch forward into a defensive block

1.6

Mohammad Asif to Watson, FOUR, Watson is away! He's a very strong driver, as Pakistan saw again and again and again in Australia, Asif pitched it up looking for some swing, as he should, but Watson cleanly pushed his arms through the line and sent it to the extra-cover boundary

End of over 2 (4 runs) Australia 7/0
SR Watson    4* (7b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-4-0
SM Katich    2* (5b)      Mohammad Amir    1-0-2-0

2.1

Mohammad Amir to Katich, no run, exaggerated movement away from Katich here, but it starts from very wide so no problem for the batsman

2.2

Mohammad Amir to Katich, no run, ooh, close here! It nipped back into Katich and almost squeezed through his pad and bat on to the stumps

2.3

Mohammad Amir to Katich, no run, good ball again here, Katich moved well across his crease to try and work this from outside off stump into the leg side, it swung away late and almost found a leading edge

2.4

Mohammad Amir to Katich, no run, Katich on the walk again outside off, Aamer follows him and Katich ends up defending with bat well away from body

2.5

Mohammad Amir to Katich, no run, ooh this looks close! Moving back into Katich from a full length, crashed into his pads and Aamer had a massive appeal, it was given not out. Possibly an inside edge? Not sure, I think Katich is very lucky to be there

2.6

Mohammad Amir to Katich, no run, this is a touch misdirected, angling down the leg side

End of over 3 (maiden) Australia 7/0
SM Katich    2* (11b)      Mohammad Amir    2-1-2-0
SR Watson    4* (7b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-4-0

3.1

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, Asif continues Pakistan's good work this morning by drawing a defensive block from Watson

3.2

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, beaten this time! Asif snakes it past Watson's edge, pitching full, finding some away swing, Watson rocks forward and misses his defence

3.3

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, good leave this, very well judged, it was angling in then swung away and Watson shouldered arms

3.4

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, Afridi into the action now, fielding well at point, it was a poor delivery from Asif, banging it in short and wide, and it's crashed to point

3.5

Mohammad Asif to Watson, 1 leg bye, Asif loses his line a fraction and it thuds off the pads for a single

3.6

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, Katich walking across his stumps again, almost too far as he misses an attempted nurdle and it whistles past leg stump

End of over 4 (1 run, maiden) Australia 8/0
SM Katich    2* (12b)      Mohammad Asif    2-1-4-0
SR Watson    4* (12b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    2-1-2-0

4.1

Mohammad Amir to Watson, no run, Aamer angling across Watson from over the wicket, looking to swing it back into the pads, Watson meets it with a very firm defensive shot

4.2

Mohammad Amir to Watson, no run, big movement here, going away from the right hander off the wicket, Watson judges his leave well

4.3

Mohammad Amir to Watson, no run, ooh another massive appeal! Watson got this all wrong, the last delivery seamed away but this one nipped back, Watson left it alone and watched in horror as it jagged back, and crashed into his pads in front, just going over the top

4.4

Mohammad Amir to Watson, OUT, gone this time! Top bowling from Aamer! Once again Watson shouldered arms, but once again it pitched and straightened to his alarm. It crashed into his back pad, then ran up his body on to his arm before trickling on the stumps. Out bowled, but it would also have been a stone-dead lbw, the umpire had given the decision

SR Watson b Mohammad Amir 4 (19m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Well, what a time for Ricky Pointing to bat. This should be a testing spell.

4.5

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, 4 byes, Aamer went full first ball to Ponting, looking to swing it back but it's fired too far down leg and Akmal can't collect

4.6

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, 2 runs, good delivery here, snaking back to the Australian captain, Ponting gets it towards square leg via a thick inside edge

End of over 5 (6 runs) Australia 14/1
RT Ponting    2* (2b)      Mohammad Amir    3-1-4-1
SM Katich    2* (12b)      Mohammad Asif    2-1-4-0

5.1

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, cracking delivery from Asif here, not a single short ball so far this innings, Asif lands it around off stump at a fullish length and seams it up the slope past Katich's handing defensive bat

5.2

Mohammad Asif to Katich, FOUR, good timing here from Katich, really well played, as usual he wandered across to off stump, and clipped it off his hip, sending it through midwicket for four

5.3

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, round the wicket now and well outside off stump, Katich won't reach that so leaves alone

5.4

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, still no great pace from Asif at all, below 80mph but the line and length is good and Katich defends

5.5

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, good shout again here from Asif. He switched back over the wicket, landed it around off stump and it jagged back to rap Katich on the pads, but t was comfortably going over the top

5.6

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, Katich ends the over with a careful defensive block

End of over 6 (4 runs) Australia 18/1
SM Katich    6* (18b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    3-1-8-0
RT Ponting    2* (2b)      Mohammad Amir    3-1-4-1

6.1

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, no run, big swing again for Aamer, pitching it full and bringing it back into Ponting, it clipped the pad and went to short leg

6.2

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, no run, this time Ponting is defending uncertainly outside his off stump as it moves away off the pitch

Few of you have been asking about the UDRA, sadly, it's not available for this series.

6.3

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, 1 run, nicely played by Ponting here, up on his toes and glancing it towards the square leg region

"Mr Watson, Your honeymoon is over, its neutral territory and its a pumped up Pakistan," says an excited Waseem.

6.4

Mohammad Amir to Katich, 1 run, Katich lures you into this by his movement outside towards off, Aamer looking to bowl him behind his legs but Katich happily nurdles it through to fine leg

6.5

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, no run, Ponting very solidly behind his defence here

6.6

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, no run, thrown far too wide of off to finish the over and Ponting has nothing to do with it

Right, Gnasher is very keen for a go so I shall hand over...

End of over 7 (2 runs) Australia 20/1
RT Ponting    3* (7b)      Mohammad Amir    4-1-6-1
SM Katich    7* (19b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    3-1-8-0

Hello folks, and what a fascinating start this has been

7.1

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, on off stump, hint of movement back into the left hander and defended into the covers

7.2

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, good full length outside off, Katich presses forward and judges it well to leave alone...Asif can stay there all day

7.3

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, drags his length back a little this time, in the channel outside off again and left alone...not a great deal pace (from bowler or pitch) but it doesn't matter in these conditions

7.4

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, starts too straight and it swings down the leg side, but that isn't always a bad tactic against Katich who moves a long away across his crease and often exposes leg stump

7.5

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, has him in trouble this time, back on a full length on off stump and it shapes back into Katich, taking the inside edge into his pads and dribbling back towards the keeper

7.6

Mohammad Asif to Katich, 1 run, flicked towards short leg leg where Umar Amin does well to get a hand on it and take the pace off the ball

Another superb over from Asif...keeping the batsman on their toes

End of over 8 (1 run) Australia 21/1
SM Katich    8* (25b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    4-1-9-0
RT Ponting    3* (7b)      Mohammad Amir    4-1-6-1

8.1

Mohammad Amir to Katich, 1 run, wristy shot from Katich as he whips this from outside off backward of square through the leg side

8.2

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, no run, big appeal from Aamer as Ponting is taken on the pad as he lunges forward but he gets the benefit of being outside the line...replays, though, show it was very close

8.3

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, FOUR, drops short and pays the price, Ponting has had problems with the short ball but that was too easy as he pulls it away down to long leg

8.4

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, no run, another short ball, over off stump this time, and Ponting ducks underneath...one or two bouncers is fine, but you don't need many in these conditions

8.5

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, no run, back outside off stump, angling across Ponting who shoulders arms

8.6

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, 2 runs, full outside off with width, Ponting leans into a square drive and finds the gap at cover...outfield a touch slow after the rain and it pulls up before the rope, but Aamer shouldn't mind him driving

End of over 9 (7 runs) Australia 28/1
RT Ponting    9* (12b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    5-1-13-1
SM Katich    9* (26b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    4-1-9-0

9.1

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, on off stump, defended into the off side...Asif has an ambling run, but has such good control of the ball

9.2

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, that's a cracker, holds its line across the left hander instead of coming back down the slope and beats Katich's outside edge as he feels he has to play

9.3

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, well, well, he's come a long way across his stumps again and Asif has a big shout for lbw...looks as though Katich was saved by height on this occasion

9.4

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, good full length, brings Katich onto the front foot and takes an inside edge out towards short leg

9.5

Mohammad Asif to Katich, 1 run, full outside off, Katich opens the face and pushes into the gap square at cover to rotate the strike

Five slips in place...great to see

9.6

Mohammad Asif to Ponting, no run, good line out side, swings away and Ponting is able to let it go

The key for Pakistan will be whether Umar Gul can sustain the pressure when he gets a bowler

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 29/1
RT Ponting    9* (13b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    5-1-10-0
SM Katich    10* (31b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    5-1-13-1

Well, we'll find out about Umar Gul right about...now. He's coming on in place of Mohammad Aamer who was very impressive. There's a delay as something is causing a distraction in the pavilion. Here comes Gul

10.1

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, and he hits Katich! Back of a length and the batsman didn't seem to pick it up at all as he turned away from the ball and was taken on the arm guard

10.2

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, outside off and left alone

10.3

Umar Gul to Katich, 1 run, touch short, allows Katich to stay on the back foot and work it wide of mid-on

Meanwhile, Shoaib Malik is on the field for Danish Kaneria

Three slips and a gully in place

10.4

Umar Gul to Ponting, no run, dragged down short and wide outside off, zips away off the seam but Ponting doesn't have to be interested

10.5

Umar Gul to Ponting, no run, back of a length, defended off the back foot into the covers

10.6

Umar Gul to Ponting, 1 no ball, it's a beauty of a ball as it nips away off the seam past Ponting's edge but Gul had overstepped

10.6

Umar Gul to Ponting, 1 run, flicked nicely off the hip down to long leg

"I don't think Mohammad Yousuf has ever operated with more than 3 slips at any point while he was captain. Afridi's first Test in charge, he opts for 5 slips. That's the kind of captaincy test cricket needs, good stuff," says Matt.

End of over 11 (3 runs) Australia 32/1
RT Ponting    10* (17b 1x4)      Umar Gul    1-0-3-0
SM Katich    11* (34b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    5-1-10-0

Eight minutes until lunch...

11.1

Mohammad Asif to Ponting, no run, lovely full length outside off, swings away and it's a good leave from Ponting

11.2

Mohammad Asif to Ponting, FOUR, loses his line onto leg stump and that's neatly flicked away down to fine leg...just releases some of the pressure

11.3

Mohammad Asif to Ponting, no run, corrects the line, back on off stump, defended into the covers

11.4

Mohammad Asif to Ponting, no run, that's almost a loopy delivery outside off, very languid from Asif, shapes away nicely but a little too wide

11.5

Mohammad Asif to Ponting, no run, jeepers! Ponting pads up to this one as it nips back. A strangled shout but it would have gone well over the stumps. Still, nervous moments

11.6

Mohammad Asif to Ponting, no run, outside off and shapes away, left alone to end the over

A few words from the bowler to the batsman...nothing like a bit of chirp. This is Test cricket.

End of over 12 (4 runs) Australia 36/1
RT Ponting    14* (23b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    6-1-14-0
SM Katich    11* (34b 1x4)      Umar Gul    1-0-3-0

12.1

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, dragged down short but he gets away with it as Katich cuts straight to backward point

12.2

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, fuller and wider of off stump, easy leave and it carries at ankle-height to Kamran Akmal

Ponting had a few words back to Asif in that previous over

12.3

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, oh, well bowled, squares up Katich as he tries to play to the leg side and it takes the back leg towards the slips

12.4

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, back of a length on off stump, pushed towards the on side...Gul has been a touch short so far

This might be the last over before lunch

12.5

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, jumps across the crease and works down to mid-on

12.6

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, finishes with a bouncer, too wide and Katich is easily out of the line

And that is lunch on the opening day...a very interesting hour after a frustrating delay. Pakistan nabbed an early wicket in helpful conditions and could easily have had another. Asif and Aamer were very impressive, but Gul needs to back them up this afternoon. Australia will be pleased to be just be one down, but conditions could remain tricky during the afternoon session. Join us at 1.40pm for all the action.

End of over 13 (maiden) Australia 36/1
SM Katich    11* (40b 1x4)      Umar Gul    2-1-3-0
RT Ponting    14* (23b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    6-1-14-0

Welcome back to the second session on the opening day at Lord's. It's Gnasher here to take you through the first hour. Pakistan are searching for quick breakthroughs while conditions remain helpful, while Australia are looking to bed in for a long batting effort. At some point Shahid Afridi will have to turn to spin, but it's the quicks that hold the key. The players are back in the middle and it's still overcast out there. Well so much for what I said about two minutes ago, it's Afridi to bowl!

13.1

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, FOUR, full and wide outside off, help yourself for Ponting as he drives it through the covers

Strange tactics from Afridi

Slip and a silly point in place

13.2

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, no run, quicker ball outside off, left alone

13.3

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, no run, full on the stumps, pushed down to mid-on

13.4

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, no run, on off stump and clear turn as Ponting defends off the back foot

13.5

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, no run, brings him forward this time, good line and it's defended into the off side

13.6

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, 2 runs, dragged down short on leg stump, Ponting swivels onto a pull and helps it down to fine leg...Aamer has a long chase

Hmm, not sure how long Afridi's spell will last

End of over 14 (6 runs) Australia 42/1
RT Ponting    20* (29b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-6-0
SM Katich    11* (40b 1x4)      Umar Gul    2-1-3-0

Right, this is more like it, Aamer to take up the attack

14.1

Mohammad Amir to Katich, 1 run, worked from outside off down to a wide long leg

14.2

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, no run, late swing from Aamer, booming late swing, as Ponting lunges forward and takes the pad flap into the leg side...wasn't near lbw, but could be good to get a short leg in place

14.3

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, no run, pushed across the right hander, no swing this time, and left alone

14.4

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, no run, big appeal from the bowler, Ponting plays forward and is taken on the pad as he's beaten by late swing...just outside off and going over off stump as well

Now short leg comes in, excellent

14.5

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, no run, superb stuff from Aamer, Ponting gets into a tangle again as he tries to turn this into the leg side and almost overbalances...the ball nearly rolled back like it did with Watson

14.6

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, no run, short leg nearly in action, late swing defeats Ponting and the ball lands in front of the man under the helmet...not sure any bat was involved, but close and a mighty fine over

All five balls made Ponting think

End of over 15 (1 run) Australia 43/1
RT Ponting    20* (34b 3x4)      Mohammad Amir    6-1-14-1
SM Katich    12* (41b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-6-0

Now, Gul can start that over...

2.00pm Great news! Players are back. Has it got that much brighter? I can't tell, but the umpire's light metre must say so.

1.55pm This is all very frustrating, but if you are looking for something to keep you busy have a read of Nagraj Gollapudi's interview with Shahid Afridi. It's very revealing about his character - Afridi's that is, not Nagraj's.

Also, if you want to chat with like-minded people about this game, or anything else to do with cricket, head over to our Facebook page. But, please please, keep it clean and polite!

"Why can't the Lord's lights be used for this match?," asks Nick. "Honestly, you'd think that one of the most advanced grounds in the world would do everything it could to put cricket on. Sometimes, I think the umpires want as little cricket to happen as possible." I can sympathise with that view...it's do with the number of days Lord's can switch on the lights. Also, floodlights don't work with the red ball if it's too dark.

Change of ends for Umar Gul...on at the Nursery in place of Afridi. Meanwhile the umpires have a chat, maybe about the light. Well, bad light stopped play and what a disappointment that is. And the crowd start a slow hand-clap. They had to wait a while for play to start and now it's stopped again. Before the feedback starts, even though Lord's has floodlights they can't be used in this match.

15.1

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, outside off, too wide and left alone

15.2

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, well bowled, much tighter to off stump and it nips back into Katich who leaves on length as much as anything...good carry to Kamran Akmal

15.3

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, pushed across and left alone

15.4

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, outside off but a touch too short and Katich is able to play it off length and line

15.5

Umar Gul to Katich, 1 bye, fuller length and late swing, but this time it started too straight and scoots past leg stump (not a million miles from the timber) and Akmal can't gather cleanly. Lord's can be a tough place to keep

15.6

Umar Gul to Ponting, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, waits for the movement and pushes into the off side...a well judged run, good understanding between these two

End of over 16 (2 runs) Australia 45/1
RT Ponting    21* (35b 3x4)      Umar Gul    3-1-4-0
SM Katich    12* (46b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    6-1-14-1

Two slips, gully and short leg in place

16.1

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, FOUR, outside off, leans into a cover drive and even though it wasn't perfectly timed it reaches the rope...although the fielder's dive wasn't the best

16.2

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, no run, drags the length back, Ponting waits on the back foot and works into the leg side

16.3

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, 1 run, that's a good length, full on the stumps, Ponting works it into midwicket

And with that single, Ponting becomes the second highest run-scorer in Test cricket over taking Brian Lara with 11954 runs.

16.4

Mohammad Amir to Katich, no run, well bowled, outside off and it beats Katich's crab-like defensive shuffle

16.5

Mohammad Amir to Katich, 1 run, opens the face and pushes square in the off side, late call for a run and Asif slips at backward point when that may have been a run out chance

16.6

Mohammad Amir to Ponting, OUT, gone! Huge breakthrough for Pakistan and brilliant reflexes at short leg. Ponting middled his flick, but Umar Amin watched the ball and instinctively hung on. Short leg is a valuable position for Ponting, but you can't really plan for wickets like that

RT Ponting c Umar Amin b Mohammad Amir 26 (66m 39b 4x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Aamer seemed to collide with Ponting in his follow through, as he did with Clarke in the T20, and Pakistan are elated.

End of over 17 (6 runs) Australia 51/2
     Mohammad Amir    7-1-20-2
SM Katich    13* (48b 1x4)      Umar Gul    3-1-4-0

Michael Clarke in at No. 4 but he's not on strike

17.1

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, pushed across outside off and left alone...Gul needs to make Katich play

17.2

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, on off stump, short of a length, pushed into the leg side

17.3

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, waits on the back foot and defends to the off side

17.4

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, that's a better length, fuller outside off and brings Katich forward as he defends towards backward point

17.5

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, punched off the back foot this time to backward point

17.6

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, left alone outside off to end a tight over

End of over 18 (maiden) Australia 51/2
SM Katich    13* (54b 1x4)      Umar Gul    4-2-4-0
MJ Clarke    0* (0b)      Mohammad Amir    7-1-20-2

18.1

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, good ball first up to Clarke, nips back and takes him high on pad...move late movement

18.2

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, beaten again by late swing as Clarke tries to play to the leg side

18.3

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, full outside off, Clarke drives but picks out short cover who has just been brought into place

18.4

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, pushed a little too wide and it's an easy leave, but Aamer is keeping up a lively pace

18.5

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, FOUR, that's nicely played, on leg stump and it's flicked away through midwicket with perfect timing...confident start for Clarke

18.6

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, good timing again as he punches off the back foot straight to mid-off

End of over 19 (4 runs) Australia 55/2
MJ Clarke    4* (6b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    8-1-24-2
SM Katich    13* (54b 1x4)      Umar Gul    4-2-4-0

Change of bowling as Mohammad Asif comes back

19.1

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, starts down the leg side and Katich misses his flick

19.2

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, full on the stumps, waits for the swing and flicked with sweet timing straight to midwicket

19.3

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, outside off, good line from Asif as it brings Katich forward and he plays it into the leg side

19.4

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, defended square on the off side

19.5

Mohammad Asif to Katich, FOUR, wristy shot from Katich, whipped off the stumps and it beats a rather weak dive at midwicket by Umar Gul

It's vital Pakistan maintain their fielding standards

19.6

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, defended down to mid-on

End of over 20 (4 runs) Australia 59/2
SM Katich    17* (60b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    7-1-18-0
MJ Clarke    4* (6b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    8-1-24-2

20.1

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, good line just outside off, Clarke shoulders arms and that becomes dangerous if Aamer can get one to bend back

20.2

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, so close! Almost another catch at short leg. Late swing takes the inside edge as Clarke pushes forward, lobs off the pad but just out of reach of short leg who got his finger tips on it

20.3

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, pushed off the back foot and short leg in the action again

20.4

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, 3 runs, nicely played this time and beats the tight leg-side field which includes a close midwicket...Kaneria chases it towards the boundary

20.5

Mohammad Amir to Katich, FOUR, full outside off, superb timing from Katich as he just leans on the ball and sends it racing through the covers...stayed very deep in the crease there to give him extra time against the swing

20.6

Mohammad Amir to Katich, no run, worked from off stump to midwicket

End of over 21 (7 runs) Australia 66/2
SM Katich    21* (62b 3x4)      Mohammad Amir    9-1-31-2
MJ Clarke    7* (10b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    7-1-18-0

Three slips and a gully in place

21.1

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run, on off stump, Clarke leans forward and defends into the covers

Short cover in place

21.2

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run, nice shape from Asif, Clarke pushes hard at the ball and finds backward point...you want to get him playing away from his body

21.3

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, FOUR, driven in the air past the short cover, but Asif shouldn't mind that because Clarke wasn't in complete control of that shot

21.4

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run, on middle and defended with a straight bat to mid-on

21.5

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run, full outside off, nice shape away and Clarke shoulders arms

Asif isn't much above medium pace at the moment, but is bending the ball nicely

21.6

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run, defended into the leg side

End of over 22 (4 runs) Australia 70/2
MJ Clarke    11* (16b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    8-1-22-0
SM Katich    21* (62b 3x4)      Mohammad Amir    9-1-31-2

Umar Gul back into the attack. He needs to bowl fuller than before.

22.1

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, starts full outside off, left alone

22.2

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, back of a length and defended to the off side

22.3

Umar Gul to Katich, 1 leg bye, moves well across his stumps and it takes the pad down to long leg...for a moment it looked like it would take out leg stump. He wouldn't want to miss one of those

22.4

Umar Gul to Clarke, 3 runs, nice drive from Clarke, waited for the swing and guided it through the covers...comes back for a third and that would have been tight with a direct hit from Afridi

22.5

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, taken from outside off down to mid-on

22.6

Umar Gul to Katich, 2 runs, worked off middle stump through square leg for a brace to end the over

End of over 23 (6 runs) Australia 76/2
SM Katich    23* (67b 3x4)      Umar Gul    5-2-9-0
MJ Clarke    14* (17b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    8-1-22-0

23.1

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run, still swinging for Asif, good stride from Clarke and driven to mid-off

23.2

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, FOUR, powerful drive, again in the air for a while but this one went at real pace off the bat...driven on the up

23.3

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, FOUR, goes toostraight this time, angling towards leg stump and flick down to fine leg for another boundary

Pakistan need to keep the patience, conditions are still great for bowling

23.4

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run, that's better, on middle and off, defended to mid-off

23.5

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run, outside off and left alone with the swing

23.6

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, FOUR, lovely straight drive, full on middle and off...Clarke just leant into a perfect straight drive. There was only one winner in that over.

End of over 24 (12 runs) Australia 88/2
MJ Clarke    26* (23b 5x4)      Mohammad Asif    9-1-34-0
SM Katich    23* (67b 3x4)      Umar Gul    5-2-9-0

24.1

Umar Gul to Katich, 4 byes, that's a shocker from Gul, way down the leg side and Akmal didn't have a hope of stopping that but it still goes down as byes

24.2

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, better as he gets back outside off and it's left alone

24.3

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, goes well back in the crease and pushes back to the bowler

This is a key passage of play now. Pakistan can't afford to lose control.

24.4

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, turned from outside off down to mid-on

Danish Kaneria starting to loosen up

24.5

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, too wide as Gul pushes this one across the left hander and he doesn't need to play

24.6

Umar Gul to Katich, 1 run, exposes leg stump again, but makes clean contact with his flick which goes down to long leg

End of over 25 (5 runs) Australia 93/2
SM Katich    24* (73b 3x4)      Umar Gul    6-2-10-0
MJ Clarke    26* (23b 5x4)      Mohammad Asif    9-1-34-0

And here comes Kaneria with his legspin. This will be an interesting passage of play because Clarke is one of the best players of spin in the world. Slip and a short leg in place...

25.1

Danish Kaneria to Katich, no run, outside off and pushed to backward point off the front foot

25.2

Danish Kaneria to Katich, no run, comes across the crease, goes to turn it through the leg side and almost drags it onto the stumps...Kaneria also has half an appeal for lbw

25.3

Danish Kaneria to Katich, no run, bigger appeal for lbw this time, but Katich got outside off stump (just) as he went to turn it through the leg side

25.4

Danish Kaneria to Katich, no run, flicked back to the bowler who hurls it back to the keeper

25.5

Danish Kaneria to Katich, 3 runs, worked off the stumps wide of deep square-leg

25.6

Danish Kaneria to Clarke, no run, uses his feet straight away then defends back to he bowler

And it's time for drinks in this longer afternoon session

End of over 26 (3 runs) Australia 96/2
MJ Clarke    26* (24b 5x4)      Danish Kaneria    1-0-3-0
SM Katich    27* (78b 3x4)      Umar Gul    6-2-10-0

26.1

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, still too wide of off stump from Gul and Katich is happy to leave alone

26.2

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, that's better, nips back off the seam and takes Katich high on the pad into the off side

26.3

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, full outside off, Katich drives off a thick inside half of his bat down to mid-on

26.4

Umar Gul to Katich, 1 no ball, a rare bouncer, banged in very short, Katich is easily underneath it and Gul overstepped as well

26.4

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, outside off, defended into the leg side

26.5

Umar Gul to Katich, 1 run, huge stride across the crease then flicks it out to deep square...really tempting for the quick to fire in a leg-stump yorker. You can see all three!

26.6

Umar Gul to Clarke, no run, that's a stunner, moves away on off stump and beats Clarke's forward push...close to the edge, close to off stump. He needs more of them.

End of over 27 (2 runs) Australia 98/2
MJ Clarke    26* (25b 5x4)      Umar Gul    7-2-12-0
SM Katich    28* (84b 3x4)      Danish Kaneria    1-0-3-0

Katich gets a change of bat...Kaneria continues and a leg slip is in place

27.1

Danish Kaneria to Katich, 2 runs, tossed up on middle, nicely flicked away through midwicket and that brings up Australia's 100

27.2

Danish Kaneria to Katich, no run, spins down the leg side, very short and Katich misses out

27.3

Danish Kaneria to Katich, 1 run, worked off the back foot this time with the spin out to deep square

50 stand off 64 balls

27.4

Danish Kaneria to Clarke, no run, on middle and leg, defended to the on side

27.5

Danish Kaneria to Clarke, no run, uses his feet and drives to mid-off

27.6

Danish Kaneria to Clarke, no run, dragged down short outside off but cut straight to point

So with these two steadying the innings it's over to Sahil who will take you up to tea

End of over 28 (3 runs) Australia 101/2
MJ Clarke    26* (28b 5x4)      Danish Kaneria    2-0-6-0
SM Katich    31* (87b 3x4)      Umar Gul    7-2-12-0

Thanks Gnasher. Things looking a bit ominous for Pakistan here, Clarke and Katich have played very well. Risk-free counter-attacking is so easy thing to do. Here's Gul...

28.1

Umar Gul to Katich, (no ball) 1 run, poor start to the over, no ball shoved down the leg side, Gul seems particularly seduced by Katich's off-side shuffle, leaving the batsman happy to nurdle to fine leg

28.1

Umar Gul to Clarke, no run, how did that miss!? Pitched on a length just outside off and came back straight through Clarke's leave, down the slope but narrowly cleared the top of the stumps

28.2

Umar Gul to Clarke, no run, good stuff here, Gul seems happier against the right hander, this is on a length and line and met with a very straight bat from Clarke in defence

28.3

Umar Gul to Clarke, no run, very good stuff from Gul all of a sudden, drawing Clarke forward in defence, seaming away up the hill, finding the edge but with soft hands, bouncing short of first slip

28.4

Umar Gul to Clarke, no run, Clarke more certain on this, leaning forward and defending crisply

Meanwhile, Brydon has excelled himself here: "Here's a good stat. Tendulkar, Ponting, Lara. The three leading run scorers in Test history. At Lord's they've played a combined 11 Tests for a highest score of ... 54 by Lara in 1995. So much for the home of cricket."

"Oh, and just to make them feel even better, Ajit Agarkar, who made four consecutive golden ducks in Australia in 1999-2000, is on the honour board for making a Test hundred here."

28.5

Umar Gul to Clarke, no run, good lengths from Gul here to Clarke, much better than his short pre-lunch bowl, this is fullish, drawing Clarke forward and skewing off an inside edge to midwicket

28.6

Umar Gul to Clarke, no run, slightly wide of off stump to finish the over and Clarke can leave this without any alarm

End of over 29 (2 runs) Australia 103/2
MJ Clarke    26* (34b 5x4)      Umar Gul    8-2-14-0
SM Katich    32* (88b 3x4)      Danish Kaneria    2-0-6-0

29.1

Danish Kaneria to Katich, 1 run, Katich crabs across his stumps as always, and works this with the spin very effectively to fine leg

29.2

Danish Kaneria to Clarke, FOUR, it's always a treat watching Clarke's twinkle-toes against spin and this is a lovely shot, skipping down the track and clipping crisply to the deep midwicket boundary

29.3

Danish Kaneria to Clarke, FOUR, this is turning into a gem of an innings from Clarke! Down the wicket again in a flash, but this time easing a lofted drive over mid on for four more. Kaneria under pressure, Pakistan under pressure

29.4

Danish Kaneria to Clarke, no run, edging down the wicket once more, this time finding midwicket with a firm clip

29.5

Danish Kaneria to Clarke, no run, nicely bowled here, held back a fraction, Clarke stays in his crease and defends off the front foot

29.6

Danish Kaneria to Clarke, no run, another good ball, touch of flight, touch of spin, Clarke forward and defending once more

How Australia nullify Kaneria will be crucial. Take him out the attack and the pace bowlers will have a lot of work to do.

End of over 30 (9 runs) Australia 112/2
MJ Clarke    34* (39b 7x4)      Danish Kaneria    3-0-15-0
SM Katich    33* (89b 3x4)      Umar Gul    8-2-14-0

30.1

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, banged in back of a length outside off stump and Katich shoulders arms

30.2

Umar Gul to Katich, 1 run, bit of swing in towards Katich's legs, Gul still trying to trap him in front or bowl him behind his legs, it won't work, instead Katich clips it to deep square

30.3

Umar Gul to Clarke, no run, good length from Gul to Clarke again, good line too, Clarke looking full of beans, strides out to play a confident defensive block

30.4

Umar Gul to Clarke, no run, good line here but Clarke is up to the task, defending easily

It's getting a touch gloomy out there, umpire Gould is looking up at the skies nervously. That said, the way these two are batting suggests their seeing it nicely.

30.5

Umar Gul to Clarke, no run, Clarke forward once more and blocking firmly back to the bowler

30.6

Umar Gul to Clarke, 1 no ball, Gul gifting Australia another no ball 16 extras now, which is a bad sign

30.6

Umar Gul to Clarke, no run, fuller length here but it's outside off stump and Clarke is happy to leave alone

End of over 31 (2 runs) Australia 114/2
MJ Clarke    34* (44b 7x4)      Umar Gul    9-2-16-0
SM Katich    34* (91b 3x4)      Danish Kaneria    3-0-15-0

31.1

Danish Kaneria to Katich, no run, thrown up outside off stump by Kaneria, Katich drives crisply to extra cover

31.2

Danish Kaneria to Katich, no run, edged this time, outside off, but Katich's soft hands means it goes one-bounce to slip

31.3

Danish Kaneria to Katich, 1 run, touch short this time from Kaneria, allows Katich to get deep into his crease and nudge a single towards midwicket

31.4

Danish Kaneria to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke once again flashing down the crease and working a single towards square leg

31.5

Danish Kaneria to Katich, 1 no ball, poor discipline from Kaneria, overstepping

31.5

Danish Kaneria to Katich, 1 run, too short this time, Katich pulls firmly but straight to fine leg

31.6

Danish Kaneria to Clarke, no run, decent turn on this but it was a touch short and allowed Clarke to cut firmly to the point fielder

End of over 32 (4 runs) Australia 118/2
MJ Clarke    35* (46b 7x4)      Danish Kaneria    4-0-19-0
SM Katich    36* (96b 3x4)      Umar Gul    9-2-16-0

Sign of the pressure Pakistan are under at the moment, Afridi has recalled Mohammad Aamer

32.1

Mohammad Amir to Katich, no run, good start, bang on to a fullish length and off-stump line, Katich hurries into a defence

32.2

Mohammad Amir to Katich, no run, another full ball, good examination from Aamer, defended once more

32.3

Mohammad Amir to Katich, no run, Katich once again gets across his stumps and defends carefully, noticeably less movement in the air now for Aamer

32.4

Mohammad Amir to Katich, 3 runs, nicely played, Aamer went very full, but with the ball not moving away from Katich now he can punch through mid on and take three, good batting

32.5

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, Aamer round the wicket to Clarke, he seems comfortable doing that and angles it into the right hander, attracting a very firm defence

32.6

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, play and a miss! Clarke had a slightly loose drive, with bat far away from pad, outside off stump and finds nothing but the air

End of over 33 (3 runs) Australia 121/2
MJ Clarke    35* (48b 7x4)      Mohammad Amir    10-1-34-2
SM Katich    39* (100b 3x4)      Danish Kaneria    4-0-19-0

33.1

Danish Kaneria to Katich, no run, good from Kaneria, drawing Katich forward and outside off stump to defend

33.2

Danish Kaneria to Katich, no run, this time Katich quietly turns it into the leg side

33.3

Danish Kaneria to Katich, no run, flatter, quicker ball, Katich on the sweep and it darted under his bat, narrowly missing leg stump

33.4

Danish Kaneria to Katich, no run, back to a more conventional flighted ball that Katich clips crisply into the boot of short leg

33.5

Danish Kaneria to Katich, no run, thrown up outside off, draws a well-timed punch to extra cover

33.6

Danish Kaneria to Katich, no run, Katich working into the leg side again to end the over, but finds midwicket

End of over 34 (maiden) Australia 121/2
SM Katich    39* (106b 3x4)      Danish Kaneria    5-1-19-0
MJ Clarke    35* (48b 7x4)      Mohammad Amir    10-1-34-2

34.1

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke very comfortable here, using the angle from round the wicket to work it to square leg for a swiftly-taken couple. He looks in good order today

34.2

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, Aamer's response is to aim it much wider of off stump, Clarke shoulders arms

34.3

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, touch of extra bounce, Aamer holding his line quite far outside off, trying to attract the flashing drive from Clarke, but he has none of it, leaving all alone

34.4

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, this time Clarke does drive and is beaten! Held outside off on a length, Clarke wafted at it and it ghosted past the edge

34.5

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, good contest this, having been beaten last ball Clarke reverts to leaving outside off stump

34.6

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, interesting over. Slightly straighter, forcing Clarke to play, which he does very solidly, blocking towards cover

End of over 35 (2 runs) Australia 123/2
MJ Clarke    37* (54b 7x4)      Mohammad Amir    11-1-36-2
SM Katich    39* (106b 3x4)      Danish Kaneria    5-1-19-0

35.1

Danish Kaneria to Katich, no run, oooh, close call here! For no good reason, Katich misses one of his routine leg-side clips, but it hits him a touch high and outside off

35.2

Danish Kaneria to Katich, no run, this time Katich is more secure, defending quietly into the off side

35.3

Danish Kaneria to Katich, no run, good from Kaneria, finding a length and line outside off, and Katich defends

35.4

Danish Kaneria to Katich, no run, looped up a touch outside off and Katich bunts it to mid on

35.5

Danish Kaneria to Katich, 1 run, once again Katich lures a bowler into attacking his legs, and once again he clips it quietly to fine leg

35.6

Danish Kaneria to Clarke, 3 runs, lovely stuff from Clarke, edging up the wicket and turning his wrists over the ball to send it to square leg for three, Kaneria can't quite keep the lid on things here

End of over 36 (4 runs) Australia 127/2
MJ Clarke    40* (55b 7x4)      Danish Kaneria    6-1-23-0
SM Katich    40* (111b 3x4)      Mohammad Amir    11-1-36-2

36.1

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, the Clarke - Aamer battle continues and this almost undid the batsman! It came back at him from round the wicket, Clarke left alone and looked alarmed as the ball honed in and bounced just over the stumps

36.2

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, this time Clarke plays, and a good job he did, defending solidly

36.3

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, Clarke has a dart at this, just outside off stump, it skews off the inside half of the bat

36.4

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, beaten this time! Lovely bowling, just moving away off the wicket and zipping past the outside edge. If you were going to be super critical of Aamer, and he's already of the quality where you should be, it was a touch short

36.5

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, good leave from Clarke, really well judged outside off stump, moving away a fraction

36.6

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, FOUR, top batting! What a little battle this is becoming, having had the worse of the first five ball, Clarke drives this crispy and firmly through mid off for four

"Clarke has a better strike rate than when he usually plays T20!" notes Mick. And he isn't the only one to say that.

End of over 37 (4 runs) Australia 131/2
MJ Clarke    44* (61b 8x4)      Mohammad Amir    12-1-40-2
SM Katich    40* (111b 3x4)      Danish Kaneria    6-1-23-0

37.1

Danish Kaneria to Katich, no run, Kaneria finds a decent length and line outside off, Katich defends

37.2

Danish Kaneria to Katich, FOUR, good work from Katich, he's so stealthy in his progress, works this very easily through midwicket for four

37.3

Danish Kaneria to Katich, no run, having taken the boundary he is happy to stretch forward and defend

37.4

Danish Kaneria to Katich, no run, Katich almost down the track a fraction and defending

37.5

Danish Kaneria to Katich, 3 runs, too short from Kaneria, Katich hops back and drags him down to fine leg, Kaneria leaking runs

37.6

Danish Kaneria to Clarke, no run, Clarke reaches for the textbook and produces a picture-perfect forward defence

End of over 38 (7 runs) Australia 138/2
MJ Clarke    44* (62b 8x4)      Danish Kaneria    7-1-30-0
SM Katich    47* (116b 4x4)      Mohammad Amir    12-1-40-2

This has been a superb partnership, Katich has progressed silently to 47 and Clarke has played a gem for his 44

38.1

Mohammad Amir to Katich, FOUR, 50 for Katich, the 9th consecutive Test he's reached that mark, this was probably his least convincing stroke though, jabbing outside off stump, went in the air but into a space through point for four

38.2

Mohammad Amir to Katich, FOUR, four more, this is classic Katich. Vintage Katich you could say, crabbing across to off stump and clipping through midwicket for four

38.3

Mohammad Amir to Katich, no run, this time it's defended outside off stump

38.4

Mohammad Amir to Katich, 1 run, ooh, a touch airy here from Katich, it was dropped a little shorter from Aamer and Katich half pulled half shovelled it, off the top edge wide of fine leg for two more

38.5

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, Aamer looks happier against Clarke, seaming it up the slope as Clarke leaves alone

38.6

Mohammad Amir to Clarke, no run, this time it doesn't move away from the right hander and carries on with the angle and down the slope, Clarke though has his eye in and leaves alone

End of over 39 (9 runs) Australia 147/2
MJ Clarke    44* (64b 8x4)      Mohammad Amir    13-1-49-2
SM Katich    56* (120b 6x4)      Danish Kaneria    7-1-30-0

Afridi has brought himself back on now for Kaneria.

39.1

Shahid Afridi to Katich, FOUR, not a great start at all from the captain, horrid ball dragged very short, Katich gets back and helps himself to four more, pulling through midwicket to bring up the 100 stand

39.2

Shahid Afridi to Katich, no run, this is better, fuller and on off stump and defended

39.3

Shahid Afridi to Katich, no run, touch outside off and Katich happy to block

39.4

Shahid Afridi to Katich, 2 runs, too short again from Afridi, and cut firmly towards the cover boundary

39.5

Shahid Afridi to Katich, FOUR, oh dear, this is hideous. Very very short, Katich clubs it in front of midwicket for another boundary. I wouldn't want to be the fielder at short leg if Afridi is bowling like this

39.6

Shahid Afridi to Katich, 1 run, single to finish an expensive over, worked into the leg side

End of over 40 (11 runs) Australia 158/2
SM Katich    67* (126b 8x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-17-0
MJ Clarke    44* (64b 8x4)      Mohammad Amir    13-1-49-2

Double change, Asif is back on and Pakistan really need a breakthrough.

40.1

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, almost had it here, Asif finds some life off the pitch, moving it back into Katich and striking the pad via the inside edge

40.2

Mohammad Asif to Katich, 3 runs, neatly done from Katich, didn't try to over-hit the ball, just pushed his hands through the line outside off and collected a three through cover

40.3

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run, Pakistan might need to do this for a while, just try and stem the flow of runs, outside off stump, moving away a fraction and Clarke leaves alone

40.4

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run, high quality leave this, it pitched on off stump, and moved away and Clarke left alone

40.5

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, 2 runs, Asif is suckered into cricket's age-old rule, where there is movement outside off, but never from leg stump, all of which means Clarke nudges a couple through square leg

40.6

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run, outside off stump this time, moving away a fraction and left alone

From what we've seen of Asif, he has still got the ability to make the ball talk, but he's lost the extra pace that made him demon earlier in his career.

End of over 41 (5 runs) Australia 163/2
MJ Clarke    46* (68b 8x4)      Mohammad Asif    10-1-39-0
SM Katich    70* (128b 8x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-17-0

41.1

Shahid Afridi to Katich, 1 run, Afridi continues, and this is slightly better than how he started the last over, on leg stump and tickled round the corner

41.2

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, no run, Clarke forward and defending, better from Afridi

41.3

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, no run, Clarke skips up the wicket and defends

41.4

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, Afridi can't quite maintain a decent length it seems, this is short and Clarke is back in a flash and cutting to deep point

41.5

Shahid Afridi to Katich, FOUR, eep, very ugly stuff from Afridi, very very short and wide outside off stump, Katich clumps it through cover for four

41.6

Shahid Afridi to Katich, 2 runs, shoved full and down the leg side, Katich gloves a sweep shot down to fine leg for two more. Captain under pressure

End of over 42 (8 runs) Australia 171/2
SM Katich    77* (131b 9x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-25-0
MJ Clarke    47* (71b 8x4)      Mohammad Asif    10-1-39-0

42.1

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run, Asif again finds the line just outside off stump, Clarke happily leaves alone

42.2

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run, what a good delivery this is! Absolutely cuts Clarke in half. The batsman came forward to defend it jagged back straight through him and over the top of the stumps

42.3

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run, big movement here from Asif, snaking away late, but Clarke is seeing it well and leaving alone

42.4

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run, Clarke this time opts to defend, and does so very certainly, Asif is bowling a fraction short, which is unlike him

42.5

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run, that's a better length, but it's too far outside off stump to draw a shot from Clarke

42.6

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, OUT, Asif strikes! The last ball before tea, and Pakistan really needed this! It was a touch fuller, pitched in line and jagged back down the slope, Clarke was beaten by the movement as he tried to defend and this time umpire Gould gives the decision. Touch unlucky for Clarke, replays show it sliding down the leg side.

MJ Clarke lbw b Mohammad Asif 47 (110m 77b 8x4 0x6) SR: 61.03

Tea Afridi will be very relieved with that late strike, after Ponting fell early in the session Australia bossed proceedings. Clarke counter-attacked superbly, putting to one side all his T20 trials, using his feet well against the spinners and progressed serenely to 47 before Asif's strike. At the other end Katich silently worked his way to yet another half-century and the pair carried Australia to a strong position. The late wicket, however, will keep Pakistan interested. Anyway, Andrew Miller will tell you much more in his bulletin, which will be ready for you shortly. We'll be back for the resumption at 4.30pm and if you can't join us then you can stay in touch with our Twitter wicket alerts.

End of over 43 (wicket maiden) Australia 171/3
     Mohammad Asif    11-2-39-1
SM Katich    77* (131b 9x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-25-0

Welcome back, Gnasher here for the start of the afternoon session. Mike Hussey is the new batsman after Clarke fell to the last ball before tea. Umar Gul will take up the attack.

43.1

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, full outside off stump, leans into a well-timed drive but mid-off makes a good save

43.2

Umar Gul to Katich, no run, outside off, keeps a fraction low and Katich stabs it into the covers

43.3

Umar Gul to Katich, 2 runs, gets a leading edge on a drive which nearly goes back to Gul, but beats the out-stretched hand and beats mid-off down the ground

43.4

Umar Gul to Katich, 1 run, round the wicket, worked from off stump into midwicket

Stays round the wicket to Hussey

43.5

Umar Gul to Hussey, no run, outside off and left alone

43.6

Umar Gul to Hussey, no run, pushed down the leg side and the angle from round the wicket takes it further

End of over 44 (3 runs) Australia 174/3
MEK Hussey    0* (2b)      Umar Gul    10-2-19-0
SM Katich    80* (135b 9x4)      Mohammad Asif    11-2-39-1

Asif continues

44.1

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, outside off and left alone

44.2

Mohammad Asif to Katich, no run, well bowled, nips back off the seam from a good length and takes Katich high on the pads

44.3

Mohammad Asif to Katich, OUT, gone! Asif gets another and it's a massive wicket. On off stump and late movement away from Katich which took the outside edge through to Kamran Akmal. A cracking ball. The previous one came back in, this one shaped away.

SM Katich c †Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Asif 80 (206m 138b 9x4 0x6) SR: 57.97

So either side of tea Mohammad Asif has seriously changed the momentum of this match. Australia now have two new batsman in and two debutants to follow. Tasty stuff.

Marcus North is in at No. 6. He saved his Test place with a good series against New Zealand in March.

44.4

Mohammad Asif to North, no run, ooh, late movement from a full length and that almost took pad first which would have been plumb lbw. Well, replays show it was pad first but the appeal was very muted

44.5

Mohammad Asif to North, no run, more movement, this time takes the inside edge into the leg side...nearly beat the stroke again

44.6

Mohammad Asif to North, OUT, gone! What a beauty from Asif and North goes without scoring. Swung back into the left hander who played a loose drive and the ball took off stump. Great sight for Pakistan

MJ North b Mohammad Asif 0 (1m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Asif had worked over North in three balls, he was all at sea and that was brilliant bowling. Great to see.

End of over 45 (wicket maiden) Australia 174/5
     Mohammad Asif    12-3-39-3
MEK Hussey    0* (2b)      Umar Gul    10-2-19-0

Tim Paine to face the music on his debut but he can settle himself at the non-striker's end for now. Mohammad Aamer has the ball in hand

45.1

Mohammad Amir to Hussey, no run, wide outside off, very full and left alone

45.2

Mohammad Amir to Hussey, no run, outside off and this one carries nicely through to Akmal

45.3

Mohammad Amir to Hussey, 1 run, on off stump and leans forward to push it into the gap at cover

Paine's first ball in Test cricket

45.4

Mohammad Amir to Paine, no run, full outside off, searching for that swing back but it goes straight on and is well left alone

45.5

Mohammad Amir to Paine, no run, ooh, well bowled, that moved back late and Paine defended into the leg side...dangerous to play across the front pad to Aamer

45.6

Mohammad Amir to Paine, 1 wide, that comes out all wrong, sprayed well wide of off stump and he'll have to bowl that one again

Short leg in place

45.6

Mohammad Amir to Paine, 1 run, blimey, he was late on that, he swung sharp and late and Paine jabbed down on it...Hussey calls him through for a quick run - his first in Test cricket - as short leg tries to flick the ball back onto the stumps

End of over 46 (3 runs) Australia 177/5
TD Paine    1* (3b)      Mohammad Amir    14-1-52-2
MEK Hussey    1* (5b)      Mohammad Asif    12-3-39-3

46.1

Mohammad Asif to Paine, FOUR, more swing and this time it takes the outside edge, but he played with soft hands so it runs safely between third slip and gully down to third man

46.2

Mohammad Asif to Paine, no run, good line on off stump, defended into the covers

Three slips and a gully in place...he could have another slip

46.3

Mohammad Asif to Paine, no run, outside off and left alone

46.4

Mohammad Asif to Paine, no run, full on middle, Paine defends straight back to the bowler but was almost squared up

46.5

Mohammad Asif to Paine, no run, touch shorter and outside off, a comfortable leave for the right hander

46.6

Mohammad Asif to Paine, no run, fuller and closer to off stump but Paine leaves it alone again

End of over 47 (4 runs) Australia 181/5
TD Paine    5* (9b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    13-3-43-3
MEK Hussey    1* (5b)      Mohammad Amir    14-1-52-2

47.1

Mohammad Amir to Hussey, no run, fuller and wide of off stump, Aamer just hasn't quite got his line right

47.2

Mohammad Amir to Hussey, no run, closer to the batsman this time but Hussey and leave it alone again

47.3

Mohammad Amir to Hussey, no run, on the stumps, makes him play this time, and pushed back to Aamer

47.4

Mohammad Amir to Hussey, no run, outside off and left alone

Fascinating replays of Asif's wicket-taking balls and how he releases in delivery...he's making it move at will

47.5

Mohammad Amir to Hussey, no run, down the leg side, very wayward and he seems to striving a touch too hard at the moment

47.6

Mohammad Amir to Hussey, no run, another wild delivery down the leg side and Akmal does well to dive across...probably Aamer's worst over of the day

End of over 48 (maiden) Australia 181/5
MEK Hussey    1* (11b)      Mohammad Amir    15-2-52-2
TD Paine    5* (9b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    13-3-43-3

48.1

Mohammad Asif to Paine, no run, lovely shape, outside off and curves away from Paine who watches it well and leaves alone

48.2

Mohammad Asif to Paine, no run, on off stump, doesn't swing this time and Paine defends into the leg side

48.3

Mohammad Asif to Paine, no run, ouch! Extra bounce on this one as it climbs off a good length and takes Paine on the gloves...that may have caused some pain (I'll get my coat)

48.4

Mohammad Asif to Paine, no run, full outside off, trying to tempt the drive and Paine does well to resist as he leaves alone

48.5

Mohammad Asif to Paine, no run, swings away outside off and left alone

48.6

Mohammad Asif to Paine, no run, comes half forward and defends a full delivery to the leg side

This spell from Asif: 5-2-9-3. Brilliant.

End of over 49 (maiden) Australia 181/5
TD Paine    5* (15b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    14-4-43-3
MEK Hussey    1* (11b)      Mohammad Amir    15-2-52-2

Change of bowling and it's spin from Danish Kaneria...he leaked a few runs during the afternoon session

49.1

Danish Kaneria to Hussey, 1 run, outside off and nicely driven through the covers but there's a sweeper out on the boundary

Slip and silly point in place

49.2

Danish Kaneria to Paine, no run, that's a ripper, turns from middle stump and beats the outside edge as Paine comes forward

49.3

Danish Kaneria to Paine, no run, tossed up outside leg, Paine defends to the on side

49.4

Danish Kaneria to Paine, no run, full on middle, flicked down to mid-on

49.5

Danish Kaneria to Paine, no run, on off stump, leans forward and defends past silly point towards mid-off

49.6

Danish Kaneria to Paine, no run, driven back to the bowler

End of over 50 (1 run) Australia 182/5
TD Paine    5* (20b 1x4)      Danish Kaneria    8-1-31-0
MEK Hussey    2* (12b)      Mohammad Asif    14-4-43-3
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Jul 17, 2010

The unlikely pairing of Shane Watson and Marcus North were etched into bowling history on the 'neutral' honours board at Lord's, July 15, 2010

The unlikely pairing of Shane Watson and Marcus North were etched into bowling history on the 'neutral' honours board at Lord's

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Jul 16, 2010

Shahid Afridi announced he was quitting Test cricket after Pakistan's defeat, Pakistan v Australia, 1st Test, Lord's, July 16, 2010

Shahid Afridi announced he was quitting Test cricket after Pakistan's defeat

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