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Paine wants every home Test series to start at the Gabba
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Paine wants every home Test series to start at the Gabba

Tim Paine has said he would like to see all home Test series to begin at the Gabba as Australia recorded an innings win over Pakistan in the first Test on Sunday.

The win over Pakistan is Australia’s 29th consecutive Test win at this venue dating back to 1988.

"We like playing here and we've done well here for a long time, so we'd like to start here against anyone," Paine said when asked whether India should play their first Test at Brisbane.

On India’s last outing of Australia, the first Test was shifted to Adelaide which was won by the tourists.

Pakistan was always playing catch up cricket as they were bowled out for a mere 240 after getting a good solid start early on.

In return, Australia posted a mammoth 580 with contributions from David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne.

It was a good sign for Australia's top-order which had struggled in England in the recent Ashes. The likes of Warner (154), Burns (97) and Labuschagne (185) scored 436 runs to give their side a massive edge.

"We've known Burnsie's a top-quality opening bat for a long time and it's great having him back in the side opening with Davey (Warner)," said Paine.

"It's been hard to have stability because we haven't been performing as we'd like ... but I think we've got a pretty good group at the moment and can still get a lot better as well."

Australia was ahead of Pakistan with a 340-run lead in the first innings. The tourists didn’t have a great start after losing three quick wickets in the last session on Day 3.

‘One bad session put us on the back foot’

But Babar Azam led Pakistan’s fightback with a magnificent hundred to frustrate Australia. This was Babar’s second hundred of his Test career. He was extremely well supported by Mohammad Rizwan who scored 95.

Lyon made an impact when he got Babar caught behind as Pakistan submitted in the last session.

Yasir Shah also recorded his highest Test score with a fighting 42 which will give Pakistan some confidence heading into the second Test.

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali said his team was off to a great start but one bad session had put them on the back foot.

"When we won the toss, we wanted to score big in the first innings, but I think on the first day we won two sessions but we lost one very badly," he said.

"I think if you lose one session very badly in Test matches it is always very hard to come back from that, especially in Australia."

But he said he was proud of the way Rizwan, Babar and Yasir fought back on the fourth day.

"I'd have to say the way we batted in the second innings, particularly the way Babar and Rizwan batted, they really showed a great fight," he said.