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SESSION SUMMARY – 132 runs, 32 overs and 5 wickets. It’s advantage Australia and thanks to Cameron Green’s special ton, the visitors have taken the honours on the opening day of the first Test. On a surface where run-scoring has been difficult, Green looked the part and seemed to be batting on a different surface to everyone else. Australia, inserted into bat under overcast conditions, relied on Steven Smith and Usman Khawaja to navigate the challenging first hour. Both batters demonstrated resilience, with Smith punishing loose deliveries and Khawaja gaining confidence after a shaky start. Despite losing Smith before Lunch, Australia established a solid foundation, with Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne partnering to prevent further setbacks. It was a far-from-ideal start for Australia in the second session. The visitors were dealt an early blow in the form of the tentative-looking Marnus Labsuchange before losing Khawaja and Travis Head in quick succession. Mitchell Marsh then took the attack to the opposition with Cameron Green to wrestle the initiative back in his side’s favour. However, he failed to kick on, and Alex Carey could not do much either, which put the Aussies on the back foot. Green carried on his merry way and forged stands with the tail to keep the scoreboard ticking. With nine wickets down, Green was left with no option but to go for big shots to get to his second Test ton and he brought it up in fine fashion in the last over of the day.

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