PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Emerging Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne on Thursday posted his third successive Test century to frustrate a resilient New Zealand attack on the opening day of the first Test in Perth. After Australia won a potentially pivotal toss in scorching heat and elected to bat in the first-ever day-night Test in Perth, the home team was 248 for four at stumps after facing some challenging bowling from the disciplined Kiwi bowlers. The Kiwis fought back late in the day by removing Steve Smith (43) and Matthew Wade (12). However, Labuschagne finished the day with an unbeaten 110 and will resume Australia’s innings at 248/4 with Travis Head. David Warner and Steve Smith contributed with decent scores, but New Zealand will be happy they have not allowed the hosts to run away to a big total. Australia was under pressure in the last hour of Day 1 and the Kiwi quicks will be looking to keep the pressure going with a 10-over-old ball on Friday morning. Neil Wagner (2/52), who took the wickets of Smith and Warner, was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers on the first day.
New Zealand are going to be a bowler short for the remainder of the opening Test against Australia after debutant Lockie Ferguson picked up a right calf strain. Ferguson's injury occurred during the second session and he was quickly sent for an MRI scan to determine the extent of the problem. Later, a team statement said, "An MRI scan has confirmed a right calf muscle-tendon strain for Lockie Ferguson which will prevent him bowling in the remainder of the first Test in Perth, although he is available to bat. We are still awaiting a further report which will inform the next steps of his recovery." Ferguson earned his chance after Trent Boult was ruled out having not recovered from the side strain. Ferguson's absence will put a huge onus on Wagner and Tim Southee along with the medium pace of Colin de Grandhomme and the left-arm spin of Mitchell Santner.
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