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Younis creates history with SCG ton

AAP logoAAP 5/01/2017 Matt Encarnacion

Pakistan veteran Younis Khan has become the first batsman in Test history to score hundreds in 11 countries after completing a maiden ton in the third Test against Australia.

Khan was unbeaten on 136 at stumps on Thursday's third day in Sydney, with his side struggling at 8-271, still needing a further 67 runs to avoid the follow on.

Beginning the day on 64, the 39-year-old overcame a washed out morning session and a struggling middle order to post his first century in Australia.

"It's probably his last tour of Australia, so to achieve that in this last Test match, it's a happy moment for each and every one of us," teammate Azhar Ali said after play.

"He's mentally very tough and he keeps working hard on his game. We just look at him, his routine never changes. That's the main thing to look at when I see Younis Khan."

Younis's 34th century continued a fruitful series that has included three half-centuries, leaving him within reach of becoming the 13th batsman - and first Pakistani - to amass 10,000 runs.

He has scored tons in all 10 Test-playing nations, as well as the UAE.

His knock was in stark contrast to that of captain Misbah-ul-Huq, with his immediate future likely to come under question after throwing away his wicket.

Misbah's miserable tour continued when he skied Nathan Lyon to deep midwicket, wasting what looked to be his most-promising knock of the series.

His 18 was the best of the campaign, but it was arguably his worst shot of the summer at a time when the tourists were precariously placed at 3-178 chasing Australia's mammoth 538.

Before the SCG Test, the 42-year-old backflipped on comments he made following their spectacular collapse in Melbourne where he hinted at a possible retirement.

However, another dismal innings - his series average of eight is the lowest in his career - could take the decision out of his hands in what looms as a painful, post-series review.

Earlier in the day, Azhar became Pakistan's most-prolific Test run-scorer in a series in Australia after his 58 moved him to 395 in five innings, topping Mohsin Kahn's 390 in 1983.

"It's an achievement I'm happy about. It's still one innings to go and I'm focused that I'll make it count as well. The whole series, I've been quite happy with the way I've batted," he said.

"The team result hasn't gone according to plan, which is the main target for each and every player but, hopefully, we can finish this Test match on a better note."

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