Australia Beats Pakistan by 150 Runs in First Test as North Gets 6 Wickets

Australia defeated Pakistan by 150 runs in their first Test at Lord’s in London as Marcus North took six wickets today. Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said he would retire from Test cricket when the series finishes.

Pakistan, which was the considered the hosts of the match, were all out for 289 after a collapse that started when Umar Akmal was caught by Michael Clarke on 22 off a ball from North just before lunch. That left Pakistan on 216-4 in the 64th over, and they didn’t last another 30.

“It was a good win,” Australia captain Ricky Ponting said after the match, according to Cricinfo.com. “We had to look at different ways to get wickets. You have to adapt your game in these conditions.”

Australia set Pakistan 440 to win after being bowled out for 334 yesterday. Simon Katich was top scorer with 83. Australia reached 253 in its first innings, while Pakistan was held to 148.

The hosts reached 150-1 in the run chase as Salman Butt and Azhar Ali shared a 102-run partnership for the third wicket, but Butt’s dismissal signaled the beginning of a collapse. Marcus North, who is primarily considered a batsman, took six wickets for 55 runs in 18.1 overs, his best figures in test cricket.

“I injured my side in the Asia Cup and I’m still struggling,” Afridi said in an interview with Sky Sports. “I can’t carry it in Test cricket, where you need to be at full fitness. I’m enjoying one-day and Twenty20 so I’ll concentrate on that. It’s very difficult playing Tests after four years so it’s better to leave this cricket.”

It’s the first neutral test at the “home of cricket” since 1912 and is being held there because of security concerns over staging matches in Pakistan.

To contact the reporter on this story: Peter Evans in London at pevans15@bloomberg.net

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