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Pakistan aim to fight back in Gabba Test

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016 Rob Forsaith

Azhar Ali knows how easy it is to score runs in a day-night Test, having plundered West Indies' attack in an unbeaten knock of 302 earlier this year.

But the Pakistan opener is also aware this week's green-tinged Gabba pitch is significantly different to the Dubai deck he mastered in October.

Australia will resume at 3-288 on day two of the first Test in Brisbane, with Steve Smith unbeaten on 110 and Peter Handscomb (64no) harbouring hopes of a maiden ton.

Azhar felt the tourists could fight back in the contest but conceded quick wickets would be key on Friday.

"We have to come and bowl really well, because the not-out batsmen are really well set, so we have to come tomorrow and keep it tight, break this partnership," he said.

"Because you don't want to let Australia score a big first-innings total, then it would be very difficult to catch up from there."

Azhar, who holds the record for the highest individual score in a day-night Test, noted the pink ball behaved a little differently in Brisbane.

"Obviously the bounce is different and at night it swings a bit more than Dubai obviously," he said.

"Everyone knows that, the wicket looks very good for batting. We just need to adapt and play according to the conditions."

Azhar was full of praise for Handscomb and Matt Renshaw, who both excelled in their second Test.

"Both of them batted beautifully," he said.

"They played the conditions really well and handled the pressure really well."

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