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Hazlewood, O’Keefe wrap up Pakistan’s 12th straight defeat in Australia

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Australia completed a series whitewash over Pakistan with their 220-run win in the third and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday (January 7).

This was Pakistan’s 12th straight Test defeat in Australia, comprising four consecutive whitewashes. This is also the first time that Pakistan have lost six consecutive Tests, having been swept in New Zealand and losing the final Test against West Indies in UAE.

Resuming at 55 for 1, Pakistan lost wickets in a hurry and stuttered to 124 for 5 at lunch, trailing Australia by 336 runs with two sessions remaining. The highest target successfully chased down in the fourth innings at the Sydney Cricket Ground was Australia’s 288 for 2 against South Africa in 2006. And once Misbah-ul-Haq and Asda Shafiq were removed, a very common Pakistani collapse was under way. Pakistan were bowled out for 244 in 80.2 overs.

Australia: 538/8 decl & 241/2 decl beat Pakistan: 315 & 244 by 220 runs

Azhar Ali lasted just six balls into the final day before he was out in a soft dismissal on his overnight score of 11. Azhar 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 run-scorer for Pakistan in a series in Australia with 406 runs at 81.20.

Babar Azam followed in Hazlewood’s next over, trapped leg before wicket for 9 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 Nathan Lyon for 13. Younis, who scored an unbeaten 175 for his 34th Test hundred in the first innings, did not get enough on a Lyon delivery and lobbed to Hazlewood at mid-on. It was a big wicket for Australia following on from the first-over dismissal of Azhar to have Pakistan plunging towards defeat.

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

O’Keefe (3 for 53) then picked up a couple more wickets, including the crucial one of Misbah.

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Hazlewood too was on point, finishing with figures of 3 for 29. The most efficient bowler in the innings, Lyon, returned 2 for 100 from 27 overs.

Sarfraz Ahmed came up with a belligerent 72 not out from 70 balls, but Pakistan found that one man wasn’t going to change their fate, not on this day and not against an opposition as ruthless.

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