After being asked to bat first under gloomy conditions, Australia found themselves on the backfoot in the first Test at Lord’s finishing Day 1 at an unimpressive 229 for 9. It was a curtailed day’s play because of drizzle and bad light. Pakistan had fought back tremendously after breaking a solid 120-run stand for the 3rd wicket between Simon Katich (80 from 138 balls with 9 fours) and Michael Clarke (47 from 77 balls with 8 fours).
Australia lost wickets at regular intervals in the final session and have just Michael Hussey (39* from 75 balls with 5 fours and a six) providing a glimmer of hope to take them to a respectable first innings total. It was a beautiful display of swing and seam bowling from Mohammad Aamer (3 for 66) and Mohammad Asif (3 for 53) to put Pakistan on top. Umar Gul and Danish Kaneria also bowled well to sustain the pressure on the batsmen.
Both sides have two debutants each with Australia playing Tim Paine and Steven Smith while Pakistan giving the honour to Azhar Ali and Umar Amin.