Australia v Pakistan, SCG Test, third Test. Day 2 live coverage, news, weather, updates

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Welcome to day two of the third Test between Australia and Pakistan.

David Warner will start the day six not out in his farewell Test after Pakistan put 313 runs on the board in their first innings.

It’s set to be an entertaining day of cricket as the Aussies look to eat away at the current 307-run lead held by Pakistan.

Follow along for all the action here.

HOW WARNER RECONNECTED WITH HIS TRUE WORKING-CLASS-HERO SELF

– Ben Horne

Stories swirled around the SCG as David Warner took to his home ground for the very last time … like the one about how he banished the Bentley and took a Toyota.

The man from the housing commission flats in Matraville who became the multi-millionaire cricket superstar is part of the rich tapestry of his life.

When Warner and wife Candice first met manager to the stars James Erskine as he looked to rebuild his career after the Sandpapergate scandal, his new advisor had one piece of parting advice.

“As he was leaving, I realised he owned a Bentley. I said, ‘oh by the way, one last thing – lose the Bentley,” Erskine said on 3AW radio.

“Four days later he arrived in a Toyota truck, so I thought that was pretty impressive.”

Warner reconnected with the person he is – a working class hero – and on Wednesday those people he grew up with packed into the SCG to watch his farewell, as an all-time great of Test cricket.

Father Howard and mother Lorraine, brother Steve and dozens of family and friends gathered to watch ‘The Bull’ one last time amongst 33,905 Sydneysiders – the biggest day one crowd for a Pakistan Test at the SCG.

It was a family affair as Warner led his three daughters, Ivy, Indi and Isla out to the middle with him to sing the national anthems before play: the girls’ with ‘Warner 31’ emblazoned on the back of their matching whites.

And in the stands, was wife Candice, the rock of his life who inspired his extraordinary comeback from his lowest moment.

“I can’t praise Candice more highly. I have a lot of time for her,” Erskine said.

“To be brutally honest, I don’t think David would have got through it all and be the person he is if Candice hadn’t been his missus.”

Warner started day one of ‘Warner Week’ on a panel with his soon-to-be colleagues at Fox Cricket listening as actor Matt Nable gave a stirring narration of his incredible life’s journey.

“Let’s go have a beer now,” Warner said – but of course there was a job to do first.

Before play, Australian coach Andrew McDonald addressed his players privately in the SCG dressing rooms and paid tribute to Warner in front of his peers.

In McDonald’s opinion, as well as captain Pat Cummins’, Warner is the greatest three-format cricketer Australia has ever produced.

A highlights package was played and after the Test a farewell celebration party will be thrown in Warner’s honour for his teammates, family and friends.

Warner was forced to take to the field in a replacement baggy green, after Pakistan spoiled the party and decided to bat first.

Despite his emotional pleas for its return, the thieves who stole Warner’s baggy greens out of his luggage this week are still yet to come clean.

“I haven’t found my caps. As I said in my video, if you have got my back pack, I’ll give you my backpack, all I want is those baggy greens back. Please,” Warner said.

Father Howard took aim at the “scumbag” who had nicked his son’s most prized possessions.

“Whatever scumbag has taken it is going to have to lay it off very shortly,” Warner snr told SEN Radio.

“They’ll find it dumped somewhere. I know he’s emotional. He would love to walk out with that baggy green on but if he can’t, he can’t. What can you do?”

Originally published as Australia v Pakistan, SCG Test: Day 2 live coverage and latest news

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