Australia 30-0 at stumps in reply to Pakistan's 482

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An all-too-familiar Australian batting collapse has undone a promising first-innings start and left the visitors in an almighty battle to save the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

Mohammad Hafeez marked his return to Test cricket with a century as Pakistan reached 255 for three at stumps on the first day of the series-opening test match against Australia on Sunday.

Asad Shafiq and Haris Sohail then went on to score a partnership of 69 runs on the fifth wicket. Australia still trails Pakistan by 452 runs.

Resuming on 255/3 on the second day, Pakistan were reduced to 260/4 before Shafiq joined forces with Sohail to revive Pakistan's innings.

Australia openers Usman Khawaja (17) and Aaron Finch (13) negotiated that session well but there are signs the ball is beginning to turn which will encourage Pakistan's trio of slow bowlers.

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But Shafiq fell to the leg-spin of Marnus Labuschagne minutes before tea as he edged a turning ball to wicketkeeper Tim Paine for the debutant's first wicket.

Paceman Peter Siddle gave Australia an early breakthrough when he bowled nightwatchman Abbas for one with a hint of reverse swing.

Pakistan handed a debut to allrounder Bilal Asif, while Mohammad Hafeez returned to the Test side after a two-year absence.

Australia did well through some smart ground fielding in the last session as Pakistan lost their last five wickets for 64 runs with Babar Azam (4) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (15) both getting run outs. Holland, Labuschagne and Mitchell Starc took a wicket each.