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Australia lost two early wickets but rebounded from 2/8 via a 138-run stand between Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja, finishing the day at 5/232.Watch Australia’s Tour of Pakistan on Kayo. Every Test, ODI and T20 Live & On-Demand. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >Cameron Green and Alex Carey will resume with plenty of work to do while the Pakistan quicks, who nabbed four of the five wickets on day one, will be hungry to wrap up the tail quickly.Play starts at 4pm AEDT.Aussie star’s wife trumpets insane comebackUsman Khawaja fell agonisingly short of his 12th Test century on Monday when he was caught at first slip in a tough chance by Pakistan captain Babar Azam.The Queenslander tried to flick Pakistan tweaker Sajid Khan through mid-wicket in the 75th over of Australia’s first innings, with a thick outside edge flying low to Babar Azam’s right at first slip. The Pakistan skipper somehow held onto an “absolute blinder” to send Khawaja back to the sheds for 91.Khawaja’s first series in the land he was born in has delivered happy returns as he leads all run scorers on 392 runs at an average of 130.66.The left-hander has been in scintillating form since returning to the national set up in January, averaging 107.83 with the bat in Test cricket this calendar year.This includes three centuries and two fifties and an emphatic return to the international set up.The incredible run of form didn’t escape his wife Rachel, who responded to cricket.com.au’s post about her husband’s performances.Although it may be easy to belittle his achievements due to the flat tracks in Pakistan so far, the 35-year-old averages more than 60 more than the next best Aussie in Steve Smith and Pakistan openers Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq will need to score more than 103 runs to catch Khawaja when the home side get a chance to bat.And Khawaja was unwell as he dominated the Pakistan attack once again.“I was really feeling it today, I was really struggling from the start,” Khawaja said.“The heat, I was a little bit sick, too. Got some medication off (the) doc in between the breaks, I wasn’t feeling well at all. It was more of a mind game for me, on some level I was really struggling to be out there.“I was just telling myself, ‘keep going, go as long as you can, keeping pushing through’, then to push through for five hours, when I felt absolutely horrible through the day, I take more out of that than anything.“Could easily have gone harder, played a big shot, got out for 20 or 30. I felt horrible today so it was actually a win getting 90 … I’m actually really happy with it.”

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