But it was always a matter of time before Mohammad Abbas would let out an unplayable peach, which Head had to bear the brunt of, as he was forced to poke at one with the angle of the ball from round the wicket threatening to come in, only to once again, yet again, straighten and kiss the outside edge to the keeper, giving Mohammad Rizwan his first Test catch.
Pakistan bowler Mohammed Abbas, 28, had figures of 62-5 from Australia's second innings to register a 10-wicket haul.
Sarfraz said both teams were missing experienced players, with Pakistan's Test unit in a transition phase after last year's retirement of senior batsmen Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq.
Australia face the challenge of overcoming a 137-run first innings deficit.
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James Milner also trained on Thursday, having injured his hamstring in Liverpool's game with Manchester City over the worldwide break.
The seamer then had Mitchell Marsh (5) trapped lbw on review in his following over, before pinning Finch leg before and bowling Tim Paine (0) in his next as the away side lost four wickets for seven runs to tumble to 78-5, Paine paying the price for shouldering arms. "We weren't up to it".
"I don't think it is, if it was Australia on the other end, then that's the game of cricket", Lee said.
But on a day that began with news Khawaja had torn the meniscus in his left knee, the Australians looked drained and down for the count. Everyone that's played out in this Test team we know is a very good player when they're playing well, we've just got to be able to take it out onto the Test arena when guys like Yasir [Shah] and Mohammad [Abbas] are coming at us and have belief in your plans. "There's opportunity for everyone and the batting group that are here are also a part of that". Even in the first innings, the 31-year old was hit on the elbow while ducking the bouncer from Mitchell Starc. Paine's dismissal was particularly ugly, as he left a ball which clipped off stump.
Rookie batsman Marnus Labuschagne fought grimly in just his second Test to top- score with 43 before becoming the fifth Abbas victim for the day.
There was hope within the Australian camp that Khawaja had avoided serious injury and could even bat when the tourists resume at 1-47 on Friday, requiring another 491 runs to pull off a world-record run chase in the series-decider.