Pakistan reach 3-125 at tea against Aust

By Greg Buckle
AAP
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Pakistan have crawled to a painstaking total of 3-125 at tea on day one of the first Test against Australia in Dubai.

In a two-match series in which spin is expected to dominate, so far it has been pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson who has led the way for Australia.

The left-armer has consistently troubled Pakistan's batsmen despite the slow-paced nature of the pitch. Johnson claimed 2-18 off 15 overs including nine maidens, while fellow quick Peter Siddle has 1-18 off 12 overs.

Spinners Nathan Lyon (0-36 off 12) and debutant Steve O'Keefe (0-25 off 10) plus debutant paceman Mitchell Marsh (0-9 off six) are yet to make a breakthrough.

Pakistan chose to bat and reached 2-50 at lunch after losing Mohammad Hafeez (duck) and Ahmed Shehzad (three) cheaply.

Hafeez was plumb leg-before after missing a yorker from Johnson and the batsman made the bizarre decision to call for a video review, which showed the ball was hitting the base of middle stump.

Shehzad was bowled by Siddle.

Azhar Ali was almost Johnson's second victim shortly before lunch when he drove to point where Chris Rogers grassed a low chance.

Johnson finally got his man when Azhar on 53 was caught by Alex Doolan at short cover, breaking a 115-run stand for the third wicket.

Younis Khan is unbeaten on 52 with skipper Misbah-ul-Haq on eight.

An emotional former Test vice-captain Geoff Marsh presented his 23-year-old son Mitchell with his baggy green cap in a touching moment before play on Wednesday.

NSW spinner O'Keefe, 29, received his cap from ex-Test batsman Dean Jones as the team huddled around the new boys in an on-field ceremony.

Geoff Marsh also presented son Shaun with his baggy green cap for his Test debut in Sri Lanka in 2011.

It's the first father-and-two-sons combination in Australia Test cricket. New Zealand's Hadlee family and India's Armanaths have also achieved the feat.

The Australian team wore black armbands as a mark of respect to former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam who died earlier this week.