For Australia, it’s a quadruple triple and for Pakistan, it’s a wretched dozen. Steven Smith’s men have clinched a series clean sweep with a heavy 220-run margin win over Pakistan in the third Test in Sydney. With this victory, Australia has now 12 consecutive wins in Home Tests against Pakistan; four clean sweeps in a row dating back to 1999, followed by clean sweeps in 2004, 2010 and now in 2016.
On the final day with 465 on board to chase, Pakistan lost four wickets in the first session after resuming at 55-1 and then got all out shortly before the tea for 244 runs with the pacer Josh Hazlewood and spinner Steve O’Keefe both getting three wickets each. With the dismissals of leading series run-getters Azhar Ali and veteran Younis Khan before lunch, Pakistan’s hopes of ending the match atleast in a draw evaporated. Sarfraz Ahmed scored fighting unbeaten knock of 72 off 70 balls.
Younis Khan fell 23 runs short in becoming first Pakistani and 13th overall batsman to reach the milestone of 10,000 Test Runs. Younis, who scored an unbeaten 175 for his 34th Test hundred in the first innings, did not get enough chance this time on a Lyon’s delivery and got caught to Hazlewood at mid-on. It was a significant wicket for Australia following on from the first-over dismissal of Azhar to have Pakistan dragging towards defeat.
Australia has completed a series clean sweep after a 39-run win at the Gabba, Brisbane and an Innings and 18-run victory in Melbourne Cricket Ground. It was Pakistan’s 12th straight defeat since their last Test win in Australia in Sydney 22 years ago. David Warner has been named as Man of the Match for his speedy hundred before lunch on the opening day, while skipper Steve Smith has been announced as the Player of the Series.
Pakistan’s Test Captain Misbah-ul-Haq, in a post-match Press Conference said that for coming to Australia, players need to have extra level of fitness to adjust themselves with the conditions over there, a reason why Pakistani players could not deliver at their best and lost the series. Replying a question, Misbah said that he is not thinking of retirement for now and will decide about it after the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) starting on 9th Feb.
With consecutive 6 defeats in Test matches, starting from 3rd Test against West Indies, 2-0 defeat against New Zealand and ending in Australia with 3-0, Pakistan has dropped to fifth place in the ICC Test Rankings. The next upcoming Test Series for Pakistan is in April when the side will tour West Indies for full tour.