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Aussies crush Pakistan to sweep Test series

 Agencies |  2017-01-08 22:30:44.0  |  Sydney

Australia clinched a series clean sweep with an emphatic 220-run win over Pakistan in the third Test in Sydney on Saturday.

The tourists were all out shortly before tea on the final day for 244 chasing 465 runs with paceman Josh Hazlewood and spinner Steve O’Keefe both snaring three wickets.

Pakistan’s hopes of holding out for a draw evaporated with the dismissals of leading series scorer Azhar Ali and veteran Younis Khan before lunch.

Wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed top-scored with an unbeaten score of 72 off 70 balls. Australia completed a series clean sweep after a 39-run win at the Gabba and an innings and 18-run victory in Melbourne.

It was Pakistan’s 12th straight defeat since their last Test win in Australia in Sydney 22 years ago. David Warner was named man of the match for his scintillating hundred before lunch on the opening day, while skipper Steve Smith was announced as the official player of the series.

The tourists lost four wickets in the first session after resuming at 55 for one.

Azhar Ali lasted just six balls into the final day before he was out in a soft dismissal on his overnight score of 11. He tried to work Josh Hazlewood to the leg-side only to bunt the ball back to the bowler for an easy return catch.

Azhar finished as the highest Pakistan scorer in a series in Australia with 406 at 81.20.

Babar Azam followed in Hazlewood’s next over, trapped leg before wicket for nine to end a disappointing series with a total of just 68 runs from six innings.

Younis Khan missed out on becoming the first Pakistan batsman to reach 10,000 Test runs when he was caught in the deep off spinner Nathan Lyon for 13. It was a significant wicket for Australia following on from the first-over dismissal of Azhar to have Pakistan plunging towards defeat.

Night-watchman Yasir Shah’s 93-ball defiance ended a half-hour before lunch when he was snapped up the slips by fielding substitute Jackson Bird off left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe for 13.

Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq resisted for 98 balls before he went after O’Keefe and skied to the safe hands of Lyon at mid-off for 38 - his highest score of a struggling series. Misbah, at 42 playing his probable last innings in Australia, was given a generous ovation as he left the SCG.

Australia tour India next month for a four-Test series, while Pakistan do not have any Tests scheduled until April, when they will tour the West Indies for a four-match series. 

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