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Australia v Pakistan day four snapshot

AAP logoAAP 29/12/2016 Steve Jancetic

AUSTRALIA V PAKISTAN SECOND TEST DAY FOUR

SCORE: Australia 6-465 v Pakistan 9 (dec)-443 before play was abandoned due to rain.

MAN OF THE MOMENT: Steve Smith. With Usman Khawaja falling three runs short of raising his bat early in the day, Smith held his nerve to produce his 17th Test century. The MCG is proving to be a happy hunting ground for the Australian skipper, who has now scored a century in his past three Boxing Day Tests.

KEY MOMENT: With dark clouds hovering above shortly before tea, Smith pushes a Sohail Khan delivery through the covers and picks up three runs to bring up his ton. Two balls later, the umpires call an early tea break, and a heavy downpour soon forces play to be abandoned.

STAT OF THE DAY: 90 - The number of Test innings Steve Smith faced before scoring his 17th century, the fourth-fastest arrival at that milestone by any batsman in Test cricket.

SUMMARY: Melbourne's dismal weather has all but ensured this match is going to be drawn. With just three sessions remaining and more showers forecast, it will take something truly remarkable to produce a result on day five. Pakistan bowled better after a rough day on Thursday, but it didn't amount to much in the end, with Smith ensuring the hosts took the honours for the day.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "This hundred today, not much was happening - for a lot of the time, they weren't really trying to get me out." Smith with a not-so-subtle sledge of Pakistan's bowlers.

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