Australia eases to first Test win over Pakistan
Tim Paine, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne of Australia celebrates the wicket of Babar Azam (left) of Pakistan during day four of the first Test Match between Australia and Pakistan at the Gabba

Australia has comfortably won the first Test against Pakistan at the Gabba by an innings and five runs on Sunday.

Marnus Labuschagne was named Man of the Match after his score of 185 set up the win for the hosts, before bowling out Pakistan on day four.

The tourists resumed at 3-64 on day four, still trailing by almost 300 runs but offered stubborn resistance led by Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.

Shan Masood (42) and Iftikhar Ahmed fell in quick succession to Patrick Cummins and Josh Hazlewood but Azam and Rizwan teamed up for a big partnership.

The pair batted together for more than 30 overs, putting on 132 runs for the sixth wicket.

Azam reached triple figures but fell on 104 caught by Tim Paine off Nathan Lyon.

Rizwan fell agonisingly short of his own century, dismissed for 95 by Hazlewood, leaving Pakistan 7-305, with only the tail to come and 35 runs behind.

Pakistan’s tail was unable to offer a rearguard, quickly submitting to Australia’s attack to be bowled out for 335.

Hazlewood finished with 4-63 while Mitchell Starc claimed 3-73.

The second Test at the Adelaide Oval, which will be a day-night Test, commences on Friday.

Ben somerford
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