Australia vs Pakistan First Test, Day 4 live updates, scores, concern of pitch detail

Welcome to news.com.au’s live coverage of Day 4 of the First Test against Pakistan.

Australia resumes its second innings on Sunday at 2/84 with a lead of 300 runs.

A David Warner duck and concern around a Marnus Labuschagne injury were the only real issues for the home side with Steve Smith (43 not out) and Usman Khawaja (34no) unbeaten at stumps.

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With two days still to play, Australia can already smell a 15th consecutive Test victory against Pakistan.

Day 4 resumes from Optus Stadium in Perth from 1.20pm (AEDT) with hot weather expected to play a factor with forecasts the mercury will hit 31C.

12.15pm – Pitch movement ‘on Richter scale’

The Optus Stadium pitch is unravelling in Perth with the deteriorating conditions set to provide a major twist to the battle out in the middle.

After Australia and Pakistan scored freely on the opening two days of play the deck began to produce uneven bounce late on Day 3 — and it appears it is going to be a nightmare for batsmen on Day 4.

Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne both took heavy blows to the body when misjudging shorter deliveries that showed unpredictable bounce.

Labuschagne took a blow to his hand and needed treatment in the dressing room with concerns he had suffered a broken finger.

Cricket Australia told reporters on Sunday Labuschagne is expected to be fit for the Second Test on Boxing Day.

Aussie test great Kerry O’Keeffe told Fox Cricket the pitch is going to shake around with wide cracks opening up.

“I’ve just gone out and looked at the pitch. It would register three on the Richter scale,” he said.

“Tony Greig’s keys would be lost forever so batting’s not going to get any easier on this deck.”

11am – Mitchell Johnson has another dig

Mitchell Johnson is standing his ground after three days of scorn surrounding his newspaper attack on David Warner.

Johnson was widely mocked throughout the opening three days after Warner’s swashbuckling first innings knock of 164 — having declared last week Warner’s recent form was not good enough for Test selection.

However, he’s come out again and suggested selectors still should have picked Warner’s eventual successor for the Pakistan series.

“On day one of the first Test against Pakistan Warner rode his luck early on — and it could have gone either way — and you take that and he went on to make 164,” Johnson wrote for the West Australian.

“He did what he was paid to do in the first innings before Saturday’s duck in the second innings.

“Warner may have denied he cares about criticism of his form, but it definitely does drive him as shown in his performance in the first innings.

“That sort of atmosphere is something Warner revels in.”

He went on to write: “I think my opinion in this column a couple of weeks ago is still valid.

“He hadn’t scored runs in about three years apart from the double century last summer.

“Another point made was that a soft summer like this, with Australia expected to comfortably beat Pakistan and the West Indies, was the perfect time to look at blooding some new players into an ageing team.

“They could have given some new guys some really good time out in the middle this summer and backed them in. That’s going to be much harder across the next two summers when India and England visit for five-Test series.”

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