Butt - Batsmen must deliver
Salman Butt has urged his team-mates to deliver with the bat after their bowlers showed the way on day one against Australia.
Last Updated: 13/07/10 8:10pm
Pakistan opening batsman Salman Butt has urged his team-mates to deliver with the bat after their bowlers showed the way on day one of the first Test against Australia.
Pace pair Mohammed Asif (3-53) and Mohammed Aamer (3-66) shared six wickets as the Aussies limped to stumps on 229-9 after being invited to bat first at Lord's.
Shane Watson and Ricky Ponting were both dismissed before lunch, however New South Wales team-mates Simon Katich (80) and Michael Clarke (47) put on 120 for the third wicket to hold up Pakistan.
But Asif delivered a devastating burst either side of tea, trapping Clarke lbw for 47 with the final ball before the interval and then snaring Katich for 80 and Marcus North for a duck in his next over.
Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria (2-49) also chipped in with two wickets and Umar Gul (1-24) claimed the other.
Speaking after play on day one, Butt said: "It was a good first day. It is important after winning the toss and putting them in that you follow it up with the wickets.
"Australia got away with a very good partnership but I think the bowlers came back really well and the batting now has to follow up to make it a good day.
"That spell from Asif had a huge impact on the game now because that was the time we came back, with those three quick wickets that he took."
But with more overcast conditions forecast at Lord's on day two, Katich insisted the pressure is all on Pakistan - particularly if the unbeaten Michael Hussey (39no) can eke out a few more runs early in the morning.
"It would have been nice to get more but we have nearly 230 runs in the bank and I dare say that if conditions stay similar, which they might do, then Pakistan will certainly find it difficult as well," said Katich.
"We know what the game is like and we know that if those conditions stay same then runs on board always big thing in Test cricket because it is pressure.
"I am sure a couple of our guys will really enjoy bowling in those conditions with the ball swinging around. They have some inexperience in their batting line-up and they still have to get the runs."
Katich dug in with Clarke to score a half-century for the ninth consecutive Test before accelerating as Australia took control of the game in the afternoon - only for Asif to wrench it back.
"I dont think at any stage today we felt like we were getting on top, except maybe that hour before tea," said Katich.
"The wicket right on tea would have given them a big boost and then unfortunately we didn't win the first half-hour period after tea and we lost a couple of quick wickets.
"Asif has got the ability to move the ball both ways. He generally hits a very good length on those wickets. We knew all day he would be tough work and that spell was very good.
"They got a sniff and got on a roll. It was a tough day all the way through with the conditions because at no stage did the sun break through.
"We knew it would be hard with the ball swinging around consistently. The wicket is good, it was just a case of the overhead conditions."