The 16-year-old with a bowling action reminiscent of Dennis Lillee had poured his heart and soul into his first spells in the Test arena after being selected to debut in Brisbane. His natural pace was evident from the start, although he was a fraction short for much of the day, but the obvious ability seemed to align with much of the hype.
Soon after lunch, with Warner and Joe Burns having guided Australia to 0-100 at the break, he thought he had the breakthrough his side so desperately needed. Warner chopped down at a fullish delivery and imparted a hefty nick that carried to Rizwan, who took the catch and ran down to congratulate the baby-faced tearaway.
Warner had only made it as far as the other end of the pitch when he glimpsed up at the replay on the big screen. He didn’t even wait for the umpire to change the decision before he reversed his course. A deflated Naseem trudged back to his mark to continue a day of fruitless toil.
Had his earlier no-balls been called, it may have been a different story. Naseem appeared to be regularly stepping over the mark in his first few overs but the umpire’s arm stayed down, meaning he was unable to make adjustments.
When he finally found Warner’s edge, his delivery stride put him well past the line. There was no putting the genie back in the bottle once Warner was gifted a second chance, with the New South Welshman going on to score his 22nd Test century.
Everyone was waiting for Naseem to take the ball on day two and he seemed to trouble Warner and opening partner Joe Burns as much as anyone, even if it was a low baseline on a day which the Australian duo dominated.
His first ball clocked in at 145km/h, which proved to be a loosener. His second redlined at 147.6km/h, faster than anything Australia’s pace trio had delivered. The ball that did Warner in? 147.1km/h.
His raw pace troubled Burns on his home track more than once. The Queenslander ducked and spun into a rising delivery before lunch that whacked him squarely on the elbow. Naseem, still learning the fast bowler’s code, went up to see if he was alright, something that didn’t meet with the approval of Ian Chappell on Macquarie Radio.
He had Burns wincing again before tea, hitting him in the ribs, before the Australian steadied and continued to pour on the runs on a day where Pakistan were out of ideas and out of luck.