The on-field moment of day one.
The on-field moment of day one. News Corp

Mark Nicholas rushed to hospital during Boxing Day test

AUSTRALIA hold the edge despite rain restricting them to just two sessions of play on day one of the second Test in Melbourne.

Jackson Bird was chief destroyer for the home side with two wickets, as Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazelwood also claimed a scalp each.

Pakistan were left fighting at 4/142, with Azhar Ali impressing on 66 not out and Asad Shafiq (4*) new to the crease.

These were the talking points on day one.

Mark Nicholas rushed to hospital

Nine commentator Mark Nicholas has been taken from the MCG for medical treatment by paramedics.
A stretcher came into the back of the broadcast facility to assist Nicholas who was visibly struggling and sweating profusely.

Nicholas has been assisted to hospital by Nine's head of sport Tom Malone.

Nine commentator, Michael Slater commented on the medical emergency, as he filled in for Nicholas during the tea break.

Slater confirmed Nicholas was experiencing abdominal pain and was undergoing further tests in hospital. It's understood he is in a stable condition.

Nicholas was not on air at the time that the medical treatment was called.

Nine will provide further updates on his condition through the day.

- with Ben Horne, News Corp Australia

Bill Lawry questions cost of DRS

Bill Lawry was critical of the umpire decision review system (DRS) after Younis Khan successfully challenged an incorrect LBW call off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood in the second session.

After Ian Gould raised his finger in the 32nd over, replays showed the delivery was missing the leg stump. But Lawry took issue with the theatre that was being robbed from the game by technology-based overturns.

"I'm not too sure about this DRS," the doyen of Channel Nine's commentary team said.

"You have this magical moment with a wicket falling - and two minutes later he's not out."

Fellow commentator Mark Taylor said the correct decision was made - and argued that was what fans wanted to see most. "They don't want batsmen given out when they're not out," Taylor responded.

'Nice, Garry!': Lyon's perfect moment

A social media campaign called for the MCG crowd to shout "Nice Garry" after Nathan Lyon's third delivery today.

And the GOAT delivered with a wicket!

In remarkable scenes, Lyon produced the first breakthrough of the innings with the delivery thousands in attendance were preparing to celebrate anyway.

A new Facebook page which was created after Matthew Wade's now famous catchphrase became the most-repeated line of the summer had called on the crowd to join as one in support of the cult hero.

And boy did they. Lyon drew a thunderous roar after producing a ball that turned and bounced and caught Sami Aslam's glove.

The catch was comfortably taken at slip by Steve Smith to leave Pakistan 1/18. You can't make this stuff up.

The real star of Boxing Day

The action on the field was a little underwhelming in the first hour of the Boxing Day Test - but Bill Lawry was back, so who cares?

The return of the veteran Channel Nine commentator, who works on a limited schedule now that he's 79, thrilled viewers tuning into today's game around the world.



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