Australia vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 3 live updates: Poms whack Alex Carey for stumping ‘fail’

Welcome to news.com.au’s live coverage of Day 3 of the first Test between Australia and Pakistan in Perth.

After David Warner smashed 164 on the opening day of the summer, Day 2 was a dour affair as Pakistan dug in to bowl Australia out for 487 with debutant Aamir Jamal taking six wickets on debut.

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Mitch Marsh was bowled for 90, falling short of a fourth Test century in front of his home crowd. Marsh said afterwards he has no desire to replace Warner as an opener.

Pakistan were 2/132 at stumps after openers Abdullah Shafique (42) and Imam Ul Haq (38 not out) put up a fight with some old fashioned Test cricket.

Play will resume at 1.20pm (AEDT). Follow below for live updates.

12.05pm – Poms sledge Carey after missed stumping

A bizarre moment came late on Day 2 when Alex Carey appeared to pull out of a stumping when Abdullah Shafique’s foot lifted up off the ground after he defended a ball from Nathan Lyon.

Marnus Labuschagne flicked the ball to Carey, who reached forward and touched the stumps, but not firmly enough to dislodge the bails.

The wicketkeeper could be heard over the stump mic saying “I hit the stumps”, but some viewers were convinced Carey didn’t commit to the stumping as he didn’t want a repeat of his controversial run-out of Jonny Bairstow during the Ashes.

Broadcaster David Lithgow posted: “Alex Carey absolutely spooked to take off the bails then.”

Others weren’t so sure, with AAP’s Scott Bailey tweeting: “There is no world in which Alex Carey had time to catch the ball, see a foot lift, hit the stumps, think of the Bairstow incident and decide not to take the bails off.

“It’s just natural instinct to move his gloves to stumps each ball without removing bails and causing delays.”

Now the English media have weighed in, with the UK Telegraph sharing a video of the missed stumping chance with the headline: “Watch: Alex Carey tries to repeat Jonny Bairstow stumping… and fails.”

The Telegraph’s Will Macpherson wrote: “Perhaps scarred by the fallout from this year’s Ashes, Carey did not complete the action but that did not stop Labuschagne throwing his arms up in celebration thinking the dismissal was being executed.”

It would have been another dismissal in the grey area of the Laws of cricket, given Shafique had completed his shot and the ball was virtually ‘dead’.

Former umpire Simon Taufel explained Shafique would have been out if Carey had knocked off the bails.

“You do not need to be attempting a run to be run out,” Taufel said on Channel 7.

“The law was changed about six years ago to provide some special protection to a batter to prevent them from being run out from accidental loss of contact once they had with the ground.

“That protection is only afforded when they’re running or diving back into their crease. That was not the case here.

“So if that foot was in the air when the bail is taken off by Alex Carey in that situation right there, then the batter is run out.”

Legendary Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist said it would have been “fair game”, but added: “Oh do we need to go into this area again with Alex Carey? Player not attempting a run, all that sort of stuff.”

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