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  • 12:36 PM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 1, AUS 365/3 | Overs 88| Batting: Matt Renshaw 167 (275), Peter Handscomb 40 (82): And that’s stumps! An excellent day for Australia as they have already taken charge of the third Test. They are well on course to a whitewash. A special day for both the Australian openers, Matt Renshaw and David Warner for different reasons. Renshaw is now well in with a chance of converting his maiden century into a double hundred.

    Will Pakistan bounce back on Day 2 or will it be Australia dominating once again. Join us tomorrow and find out. till then, it’s goodbye.

  • 12:11 PM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 1, AUS 352/3 | Overs 84| Batting: Matt Renshaw 158 (263), Peter Handscomb 37 (70): Renshaw has gone past his 150. He got to his 100 off 201 balls and his next 50 runs came off just 53 deliveries. He has played with a lot more freedom since getting to a ton. His partnership with Handscomb has now crossed 100 and they look to out Australia on top at the end of the day’s play.

  • 11:50 AM IST

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  • 11:38 AM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 1, AUS 318/3 | Overs 77| Batting: Matt Renshaw 137 (239), Peter Handscomb 24 (52): Renshaw slowly growing in confidence after getting to thr three figures. In one over from Yasir, he first reverse swept him to the fence and then followed that up by charging down the track and hitting Yasir over his head. Peter Handscomb too is slowly starting to play a bit more freely.

  • 11:11 AM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 1, AUS 280/3 | Overs 71| Batting: Matt Renshaw 116 (218), Peter Handscomb 9 (37): Australia ticking along well. The partnership between Renshaw and Handscomb is developing nicely. Pakistan are bowling well at the moment and these two batsmen will have to concentrate really hard if they want to remain unbeaten at the end of the day’s play. Another 19 overs to go

  • 11:08 AM IST

    Impact of the Mohammad Aamer bouncer!

  • 10:59 AM IST

    Excellent century from Matt Renshaw!

  • 10:48 AM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 1, AUS 262/3 | Overs 66| Batting: Matt Renshaw 100 (201), Peter Handscomb 8 (23): 20-year-old Matt Renshaw has arrived in international cricket! He slams his maiden Test ton, but it took him 201 balls to get there. He will surely want to convert this into a big one. He has played extremely well so far.

  • 10:27 AM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 1, AUS 244/3 | Overs 61| Batting: Matt Renshaw 91 (192), Peter Handscomb 0 (1): Pakistan make a good start after the tea break as Yasir Shah gets rid of Steven Smith for 24. Sarfraz Ahmed has been excellent behind the wickets, taking his third catch of the day. Peter Handscmb is the new batsman for Australia. He has been in good touch of late. Aamer’s hit Renshaw on the helmet, when he tried to duck. That looked nasty, but he seems to be alright. But he was attended to by the physio and the team doctor immediately. OUT! Steven Smith c Sarfraz b Yasir 24 (40)

  • 9:54 AM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 1, AUS 224/2 | Overs 56| Batting: Matt Renshaw 83 (177), Steven Smith 12 (26): And that’s tea! Matt Renshaw is just 17 runs away from his maiden Test ton. Pakistan have picked up a couple of wickets, but Australia have added 98 runs in this session. Warner’s dismissal definitely cut the run flow, but Australia are in a good position at the break.

  • 9:33 AM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 1, AUS 216/2 | Overs 53| Batting: Matt Renshaw 79 (171), Steven Smith 8 (14): Khawaja has been dismissed caught behind for a slow 13. However, he added 52 for the second wicket with Renshaw, which steadied the innings after David Warner’s dismissal. With tea just around the corner, Pakistan would dearly love another scalp. OUT! Usman Khawaja c Sarfraz b Wahab 13 (40)

  • 9:08 AM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 1, AUS 200/1 | Overs 47| Batting: Matt Renshaw 72 (152), Usman Khawaja 12 (37): Australia have brought up their 200 and are still going at a good pace. Renshaw has reached his highest Test score, but Khawaja is still getting his eye in. this is a perfect opportunity for Renshaw to score his maiden Test ton as well.

  • 8:49 AM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 1, AUS 174/1 | Overs 41| Batting: Matt Renshaw 55 (130), Usman Khawaja 4 (22): The scoring rate has dropped considerably since Warner’s dismissal. Pakistan finally some control of this match, but they need a wicket or two before the end of this session, which will make them feel a lot better after Australia dominated the first session.

  • 8:20 AM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 1, AUS 168/1 | Overs 36| Batting: Matt Renshaw 50 (116), Usman Khawaja 3 (6): Pakistan finally get a breakthrough and it is the big wicket of David Warner for 113. He tried to cut a ball from Wahab outside off, the ball took the edge and Sarfraz pouched it safely behind the wickets. Renshaw too has brought up his 2nd Test fifty. OUT! David Warner c Sarfraz b Wahab 113 (95)

  • 7:57 AM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 1, AUS 146/0 | Overs 31| Batting: David Warner 112 (91), Matt Renshaw 33 (95): We are underway after lunch and it has been a quiet beginning to the session, after Warner had made a blistering start to the first one. Australia are still in command of the match for now, but Pakistan will have to strike quickly to ensure that their opponents do not run away with the game so early.

  • 7:43 AM IST

    WOW!

  • 7:30 AM IST

    Watch how Warner got to his three figures

  • 7:17 AM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 1, AUS 126/0 | Overs 27| Batting: David Warner 100 (78), Matt Renshaw 25 (84): Warner becomes only the fifth player in history to score a ton before lunch on the opening day of a Test. He has brought up his ton off just 78 balls to hand Australia the initiative in the third and final Test. Warner joins the likes of Don Bradman, Victor Trumper, Majid Khan and Charles Macartney to reach this incredible feat.

  • 6:43 AM IST

    Earlier today. What a moment for young Hilton Cartwright!

  • 6:29 AM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 1, AUS 94/0 | Overs 20| Batting: David Warner 79 (56), Matt Renshaw 14 (54): Australia have consolidated on their position quite well. Warner has been striking the ball extremely well and Pakistan are just happy to keep him off the strike as much as possible at the moment. Australia have also brought up their 100 and are going at nearly 5 an over at the moment. These are ominous signs for Pakistan, so early in the Test.

  • 6:13 AM IST

    No arguments there, Tom

  • 6:11 AM IST

    What an incredible shot from Warner!

  • 6:10 AM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 1, AUS 77/0 | Overs 15| Batting: David Warner 66 (51), Matt Renshaw 10 (39): Warner has reached his fifty off just 42 deliveries and is looking set to get yet another big one today. Pakistan bowlers have not been able to control his run flow and as a result, Warner has gotten to his fifty even before the first drinks break of the day. Pakistan need his wicket at least before the lunch break

  • 5:54 AM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 1, AUS 58/0 | Overs 12| Batting: David Warner 49 (41), Matt Renshaw 8 (31): David Warner is nearing yet another fifty off justand Australia continue to dominate proceedings. Renshaw has played second fiddle in a partnership where the 50-run stand was brought up in just the 9th over. Pakistan slowly cutting down the runs now.

  • 5:33 AM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 1, AUS 46/0 | Overs 7| Batting: David Warner 39 (25), Matt Renshaw 6 (17): Australia are off to a blistering start and not surprisingly it has been David Warner, who has been doing the damage. He has already struck 8 boundaries in his innings so far. This is just the sort of start Australia would have wanted. Pakistan need to remove Warner at the earliest now.

  • 5:23 AM IST

    Playing XI:

    Australia: Steven Smith (c), David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Hilton Cartwright, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

    Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Azhar Ali, Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Imran Khan

  • 5:21 AM IST

    TOSS: Australia win toss, elect to bat first

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Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post for the Day One of the third and final Test between Australia and Pakistan. With a win at Melbourne, Australia have now taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Pakistan have shown promises in patches but their ability to implode has seen them lose games in a session. With the traditional New Year’s Test starting at Sydney, Australia’s aim will be to inflict a whitewash, something they have been meted frequently in 2016 across formats. Pakistan, on the other hand, have plenty of pride to play for. This is Pramod Ananth and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and updates of the final Test of this Australian summer.

Australia will look forward to start 2017 on a positive note while Pakistan, who have been only consistent in Test cricket and enjoyed a brief stint as No.1 in this format, will try to replicate their show in England in mid last year. With the SCG track expected to assist spin bowlers, Pakistan may play Mohammad Asghar as their second spinner meanwhile, left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe is set to partner Nathan Lyon. To Pakistan’s relief Misbah-ul-Haq will play the Test.

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs Pakistan 3rd Test at Sydney

The Test will also mark Australian captain Steven Smith’s 50th appearance in this format. Already the No. 1 Test batsman, Smith finished with over 1,000 Test runs in 2016, and will look forward to rely on his rich form in 2017.

Western Australian all-rounder Hilton Cartwright will make his Test debut and in doing so, he will be the 450th Test cricket to play for Australia. The hosts’ strength has been their pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. While Starc has been ruthless with pace and reverse swing, Hazlewood’s discipline has impressed the fraternity. However, for a change this Test might just be the one where the spinners have the final say.

Australia (Playing XI): Steven Smith (c), David Warner, Matthew Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Hilton Cartwright, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, Steve O’Keefe, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Imran Khan, Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Rahat Ali, Sami Aslam, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Sharjeel Khan, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Younis Khan.