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Aussie bowlers were too desperate: Saker

AAP logoAAP 18/12/2016 Rob Forsaith

Australia's attack were guilty of bowling too short and too full on day four of the day-night Test in Brisbane, where they gave Pakistan hope of achieving a record run-chase.

The tourists will resume at 8-382 when day five starts early at 1230 AEST, having been set an imposing target of 490 when Steve Smith declared at dinner on day three.

The prospect of Pakistan conjuring a further 109 runs on Monday is near-impossible according to bookmakers, but Asad Shafiq's sparkling century has given the visitors genuine hope of setting all manner of records.

West Indies' 7-418 remains the highest successful run-chase in the history of Test cricket, a total they compiled in 2003 against Australia in Antigua.

Pakistan's highest fourth-innings total in Australia was previously the 336 they made at the MCG in 1990, while they have also already bettered England's 370 and achieved the highest fourth-innings Test total at the Gabba.

"The bowlers wanted to finish today badly, so they would have had that in their mind," Australia's bowling coach David Saker said.

"Sometimes you've got to get back to the basics of the game, at times we weren't very good at that .. once we had them five or six down, I thought we really searched.

"That's not our game plan. That's not what we're about and I think the bowlers will be the first to put their hands up.

"We sort of went too full or too short. We didn't get that ball on a length that always challenges them. That's generally what we're very good at."

Saker felt for Josh Hazlewood, who started Sunday needing three scalps to celebrate his 100th Test wicket.

Hazlewood boasted incredible figures of 0-14 from 17 overs at one stage but failed to conjure a wicket on Sunday.

"He's been fantastic all summer for us," Saker said.

"Since his break from South Africa, which was well documented and Cricket Australia got some pretty brad press over it, he's come back bigger and stronger.

"He's been our best bowler without a doubt this summer. He deserved wickets.

"It's really frustrating .. he'll probably come out tomorrow and grab us the two wickets that we need."

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