Paceman Umar Gul said he was shocked by Australian captain Ricky Ponting’s decision to bat first at Headingley after Pakistan mauled Australia on the opening day of the second Test at Headingley.
Australia suffered one of their worst days in Test cricket – being rolled for 88, the national side’s worst Test total in a generation. Ponting’s shell-shocked bowling attack then failed to use the seamer-friendly conditions as Pakistan advanced to 3-148 at stumps, a lead of 60, in a stunningly lop-sided day in Yorkshire.
Medium-pacer Shane Watson (2-12) salvaged a small amount of pride by claiming two late scalps with new Pakistan captain Salman Butt enjoying a dream first day in charge.
Umar Akmal (8no) and Umar Amin (1no) remained unbeaten.