Renshaw fifty steadies Australia in series opener vs Pakistan

BRISBANE: Australia opener Matt Renshaw scored his first fifty in Tests to put Australia back in command in the series opener against Pakistan at The Gabba on Thursday.

Fast bowler Mohammad Amir and leg-spinner Yasir Shah struck to give Pakistan an early breakthrough before Renshaw and captain Steve Smith took back the reins.

Amir trapped David Warner lbw for 32 while Shah dismissed Pakistan-born Usman Khawaja for 4 soon afterward, reducing Australia to 75-2.

Australia won toss and chose to bat in the pink ball Test, keeping an unchanged side from last month´s day-night third Test win over South Africa with spinner Nathan Lyon preferred over paceman Chadd Sayers.

Pakistan, looking to win their first series in Australia at the 12th attempt, made two changes to the side that lost to New Zealand in Hamilton last month with captain Misbah-Ul-Haq and leg-spinner Yasir Shah making a return.

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