Australia vs Pakistan cricket live scores: World stunned by unlikely hero’s Sydney masterclass

Welcome to our live coverage of day two of the third Test at the SCG.

Pakistan hit back from disaster to finish with 313 on the back of fighting half-centuries from Mohammad Rizwan, Agha Salman and Aamer Jamal on the first day of the third Test against Australia on Wednesday.

The tourists, staring down a meagre innings total when reduced to 96 for five after winning the toss, went on the counter-attack to frustrate the Australians late in the day at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Rizwan belted 88 off 103 balls, number nine Jamal smashed four sixes in a spirited 82 off 97 and Salman hit 53 off 67 to give the tourists renewed hope after a car-crash start to the innings.

David Warner, playing in his 112th and final Test, had to see off a tense final over before the close and survived a scare when the ball ricocheted just over his stumps off spinner Sajid Khan before finishing with six in Australia’s reply of 6-0.

Australia skipper Pat Cummins captured five for 61 for his third successive five-wicket haul in the series.

Scroll down for all the live updates throughout the day.

10am – Aamir Jamal’s knock goes worldwide

There was a lot of cricket news overnight after 23 wickets fell on the first day of the second Test between South Africa and India. While some have declared it bad for Test cricket, using the insane scenes as an example of the format dying, Aamir Jamal gave Test cricket something to be excited about.

The Pakistani number nine bludgeoned 82 runs against the Australian attack late on day one at the SCG, building a crucial partnership with Mir Hamza.

One shot off Nathan Lyon, a ridiculous reverse sweep for six, punctuated Jamal’s innings. He had the Aussies in disarray as they scrambled to take the final wicket.

For a player in his debut series in tough Aussie conditions, Jamal has earned serious respect around the world for his work with both bat and ball.

“It wasn’t about the new ball. I didn’t even look at the scoreboard of how many (overs) was left. I was just trying to get as many runs as I could get,” he told ABC Grandtand at the end of day one.

When asked about the number of short balls faced, he said he wanted to help teammate Mir Hamza in an 86-run final wicket stand.

“Every single ball, I knew they were going to come very hard on me … so I decided to go after them,” he said.

There was a lot of talk about Australia’s bowling tactics late in the innings, with several pundits questioning why they were reverting to scrambled fields instead of just bowling at the stumps.

“It was certainly pretty frustrating towards the end, but you’ve got to take your hat off to him. He batted beautifully. We threw everything at him. It was hard work,” Mitchell Marsh said.

We will have to wait until stumps today to see if Pakistan’s score is competitive, but conceding 313 after having the tourists 4-47 before lunch will be weighing on Australia’s minds on day two.

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