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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Aussies Put on a Strong Show To Open Second Pakistan Test

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan -- Inspired by Michael Slater's brilliant century, Australia batted an imposing 305 for three wickets at stumps Wednesday, the opening day of the second test against Pakistan.


Slater, 24, together with skipper Mark Taylor, gave the Australians their first century partnership for the opening wicket in 16 games in Pakistan and set the stage for a fine day's batting.


Australia continued to consolidate its position as the fourth wicket pair added an undefeated 107 runs, through Mark Waugh, who scored an unbeaten 61 and Michael Bevan (52 not out).


On reaching his half century, Slater cut loose as he scored the second 50 in a quick 79 minutes off 62 balls. He raced to his century back cutting leg spinner Mushtaq Ahmad for three runs, in 209 minutes off 137 balls. Slater, dropped on two, was finally out to a casual shot, hitting a catch to Inzamam-ul Haq at first slip off Mohsin Kamal for 110 runs. Slater scored his 110 runs in 250 minutes off 155 balls hitting 14 boundaries.


The pair shared a new first wicket record -- 176 runs, beating the previous best of 134 between Ian Davis and Alan Turner in Melbourne in 1976-77.


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New Zealand cricket officials said they would go ahead with their tour of India set to begin on October 23. They said Tuesday they had been assured the deadly plague in the country was under control and the tour would take place as scheduled.