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Australia collapse leaves Pakistan in control of first Test

• Pakistan 482 & 45-3 | Australia 202
• Tourists lose 10 wickets for 60 runs as Asif takes six

In the modern era, the spectre of the batting collapse has haunted the Australian Test team like the ghost of Christmas past. It’s not just the Cape Town 47 or the Trent Bridge 60 or the Hobart 85. There are plenty of less memorable slumps that have filled the gaps between those centrepiece debacles.

Not just the 10 for 92 in Johannesburg or the 10 for 50 in Cape Town that were the mark of a broken team earlier this year. There was last year’s eight for 86 in Chittagong against Bangladesh, or in India the seven for 50 in Dharamsala and the 10 for 90 in Bengaluru.

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