It wouldn’t take long after the luncheon break that Pakistan finally got a sniff, as 16-year-old tearaway quick Naseem Shah found the edge of David Warner’s bat and looked to have his first scalp in Test cricket. In cruel fashion, the replay showed that the youngster had clearly over stepped.
It was a little ironic on the back of yesterdays controversy that saw Australian paceman Pat Cummins claim a wicket following a contentious call from the TV umpire. Despite replays casting doubt over whether Cummins had any part of his foot behind the line, the third umpire concluded that there wasn’t enough evidence to overturn the on-field decision.
Warner made the most of the reprieve, powering into the 90’s looking to bring up his century before the tea break. Burns managed to get Warner back on strike with two balls to go but the 33-year-old only managed a single of the last ball to leave him 99-not-out at the interval.
It wouldn’t take him long after the break to get the run he needed, bringing up his first century since 2017. The relief was apparently has he completed his customary leap into the air.
This left Burns not far behind and Australian fans were waiting with bated breath as the recalled Queenslander crept toward a ton. It was heartbreak however, as Burns dragged a sweep shot onto the stumps from leg-spinner Yasir Shah just three runs shy of a century.