BLOG: Second Test Australia vs Pakistan at the MCG - Day 4

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Thunderstorms over the MCG forced players from the field before tea on day 4.

Thunderstorms over the MCG forced players from the field before tea on day 4. Photo: Bruce Eva

EARLY TEA: AUS 6/465 Australia lead by 22 runs Smith 100* Starc 7*

Steve Smith is in such imperious form he can even beat the weather. Sitting on 97* it was hard to judge which was darker of the 3; heavy clouds looming over the MCG, the umpires governing glances at the sky or Steve Smith staring down the umpires.  The latter won out and the captain was able to raise his bat before bad light and then rain stopped play.

Click play to hear the highlights of the second session on day 4 before the cessation of play

  


 

LUNCH: AUS 4/395 trail by 48  Smith 61* Maddinson 7*

Usman Khawaja (97) has fallen agonisingly short of another century.  A loose shot saw him caught behind off the bowling of Wahab.  A 3rd half century in as many Tests for Peter Handscomb (54), who continues to impress, was caught at deep backward square. Steve Smith (61*) quite predictably notched another half century has looked comfortable but quite sedate.

On a pitch that will stubbornly refuse to break up Australia is set to overtake Pakistan's first innings total of 443

Will Australia push on? Here's John Emburey and Glenn McGrath.  Highlights to follow.

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