SO NICE: Australian spinner Nathan Lyon made an immediate impression when he took the wicket of Sami Aslam with his third ball of the day.
SO NICE: Australian spinner Nathan Lyon made an immediate impression when he took the wicket of Sami Aslam with his third ball of the day. Scott Barbour

Despite the rain it was nice, Garry

CRICKET: Play will start at 9am (AEST) for the rest of the Boxing Day Test after rain brought an early conclusion to day one in Melbourne.

Australia had taken the upper hand when Jackson Bird picked up the wickets of veterans Younis Khan and Misbah ul-Haq to leave Pakistan 4-142 when showers forced an early tea and the players did not return.

There was early excitement for the crowd of about 51,000 at the MCG when cult hero Nathan Lyon came on to bowl.

A campaign on Facebook had tried to grab a world record with the biggest number of people saying "Nice Garry” - the phrase made famous by keeper Matthew Wade when Lyon bowls.

They did not get the chance, however, with Lyon snaffling the wicket of Sami Aslam with his third ball, caught off the shoulder of his bat by skipper Steve Smith at slip.

Josh Hazlewood picked up the wicket of Babar Azam with the last ball before lunch, caught in the slips low down by Smith to leave the tourists on 2-60.

Azhar Ali, who finished the day unbeaten on 66, and Younis fought back with a 51-run partnership before Bird nipped one back through the gate to bowl the 39-year-old for 21.

Misbah was looking for runs after single-figure scores in both innings at the Gabba and showed his intent, getting off the mark with a huge six off Lyon.

He didn't last much longer, though, with Nic Maddinson taking a smart catch at short leg off Bird to get rid of the visiting skipper for 11.

There was some doubt that the ball carried but replays showed Maddinson did get his fingers under the ball.

Pakistan brought Sohail Khan into the side for Rahat Ali, with Australia unchanged.

Misbah had won the toss and decided to bat despite the overcast conditions.


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