Abbas' triple bring Pakistan closer to win over Australia

Australia will play the fourth Test against South Africa at Wanderers in Johannesburg

Missing suspended trio Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, Australia will take plenty of positives from the start of their new era under Paine and coach Justin Langer.

Australia captain Tim Paine hailed Usman Khawaja's painstaking rearguard effort as "one of the great Test innings" after his team clung on for an unlikely draw against Pakistan on Thursday in the series opener in Dubai.

Pakistan went for lunch at 329/4 on on Monday, the second day of the first test against Australia in Dubai.

Pakistan bowler Mohammad Abbas celebrates.

Pakistan-born Khawaja batted for 302 balls for his 141, his seventh Test ton and first outside Australasia, as he became just the fifth Australian to hit a hundred in the fourth innings of a Test in Asia, after Bob Simpson, Mark Taylor, Ricky Ponting and David Warner.

"I used the crease to bring the ball in and got wickets from those deliveries", he said.

Peter Siddle provided the breakthrough for Australia as he clean bowled Mohammad Abbas for one run.

Khawaja's determined knock came after Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh and Mitch Marsh all fell without Australia adding to their score late on Wednesday.

No team has successfully chased more than the 418-7 West Indies made against Australia in the Antigua Test in 2003.

Pakistan could have had Head leg-before off leg-spinner Yasir Shah on 44, but Sarfraz did not review English umpire Richard Kettleborough´s not out decision when replays showed the ball hitting the wickets.

Australia have only won on three occasions in test cricket after conceding at least 482 runs in the first innings. At stumps on day three, Pakistan was at 45-3 with a lead of 325 runs.

Debutant Marnus Labuschagne then had Haris Sohail caught close to the slips for 39, leaving Pakistan at 110-4.

Asad Shafiq missed out on a century but scored a fluent 80, adding 150 runs for the fifth-wicket stand with Sohail as Australia's bowlers toiled for almost two days under hot and humid conditions on a flat wicket.

Holland had figures of 3-83 from 20 overs while off-spinner Nathan Lyon took 2-58.



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