Australia A 438 for 4 (Jaques 152, Hussey 143*, Rauf 2-71) lead Pakistan A 199 by 239 runs
Pakistan A suffered a horrible day in the field as centuries to Phil Jaques and David Hussey allowed Australia A to end the second day of the first Test on 438 for 4. The visitors had a healthy lead of 239 runs, placing them in control with two days remaining.
Australia resumed on 109 for 0 and Pakistan quickly got their first breakthrough when Chris Rogers was caught behind off Abdur Rauf after adding only six runs. He faced 126 deliveries for his 56 that included three fours. Pakistan's joy was short-lived as Jaques and Hussey then shared a 131-run third-wicket partnership, during which Jaques reached his 30th first-class century.
Both batsmen scored freely as none of the six bowlers impressed. The partnership was finally broken by Mansoor Amjad, the 19-year-old legspinner, when he had Jaques caught by Khalid Latif for 152 after the batsman had smashed ten fours and three sixes in his 218-ball stay.
Another wicket soon followed as Adam Voges, Australia's captain, was stumped off Atif Maqbool for 7 as Pakistan anticipated a comeback. However, further inroads were not to be as Hussey, first with Cameron White (35) and then with James Hopes (34 not out), took Australia's lead past 200.
Hussey, in typically aggressive style, struck 19 fours and was unbeaten on 143 at the close. He will be looking forward to adding to Pakistan's woes on day three and building up a mammoth first-innings score that will put the match beyond the hosts' reach. Rauf was Pakistan's most successful bowler as he finished with wickets of Rogers and White while Maqbool and Amjab picked up one victim each.