Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    1.4 bowled him. Australia have one out of the ten. This is just tentative from Sami. Just a decent length ball, on off. Sami has to play at it. He plays to defend but is a little late on it. Gets an inside edge into the pad and onto the off stump 3/1
    34.4 this one stays low. I think he has got him, but Azhar will review the lbw call. Uneven bounce for perhaps the first time in the Test and it has caught Azhar in front. Short of a length, nips in a little, stays low, and Azhar is caught in front. He is on his toes, deep in the crease and is hit on the flap of the pad. He is the best batsman. He has to review this. The tracking shows the ball clipping the top of the stumps. Umpires call then. So out it is, and they have finally got Azhar out. This could be it for this Test 101/6
    4.1 got him first ball. A perfect cherry first up. Babar Azam reviews it after a word with Azhar Ali. Perfect swinging ball, on a length, swinging bast the inside edge, no edge. It pitches middle, swings past the bat and hits him in front of leg. Tracking has this clipping leg. Umpire's call. So the original "out" call stays 6/2
    19.1 just when Pakistan were looking a little comfortable, Lyon produces the goods. Extra bounce here. Lyon bowls an offbreak on a length. Younis nowhere near it and pushes at it with his hands. The bounce surprises him. Off the high part of the bat it falls towards short leg where Handscomb takes a smart low catch 63/3
    19.3 what is Misbah up to? This is poor Test-match batting. Premeditation. Big-time premeditation. Sweeping everything. And the bounce for Lyon does him in. He sweeps this from outside off but is nowhere close to it, leaving himself prone to the bounce. The top edge is gobbled up at short fine leg 63/4
    29.5 Lyon produces another before tea. Is it that field change that has brought about this wicket? He has been defending to off solidly so far, but now with silly mid-off there he leaves his crease. He leaves the crease too early and Lyon shortens the length. He flicks it to leg where Handscomb stays low in his stance. The ball hits the left hand, then the armpit, and then the Handscomb hands come around when the ball is on its downward flight. A good fielding change and a really good catch to follow it up with 89/5
    49.6 Starc has broken the game open. This is the old Pakistan treatment given to Pakistan. Think of Wasim Akram bowling Chris Lewis at the same venue all those years ago. All over Starc has been swinging it away from Sarfraz. Now he reverses the shiny side. It is now facing the batsman. This is quick, this is on target and this snakes back in. Through the gap between bat and pad. Top of off. This is genius 153/8
    46.5 and Bird has got the length right this over. He has bowled Amir. This has been an excellent over. The ball has been tailing away against the angle from round the wicket this over. Amir has left one but he is not sure because of the angle. Here he decides to play at it, the ball moves away and he has to follow it with his hands. Doesn't react fast enough, gets an inside edge onto his body and then onto the stumps. The umpire checks Bird's front foot, but he is fine. Amir is on his way after playing an important hand 143/7
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    51.5 Starc is too good. Hits the off stump again. He did a repeat of Chris Lewis last over, has he done an Allan Lamb here? Beats the outside edge with the slight tail away from Wahab. This is going to hurt Pakistan more because this is what they used to do to opponents 159/9
    53.2 all ovah. Starc ends it. The shine is on the outside. Full, on the pads, Yasir looks to work on the leg side, but the ball swings away late, takes a hefty leading edge for an easy catch for Bird at mid-on 163/10
    11 (b 4, lb 5, nb 2)
    163 all out (53.2 Overs, RR: 3.05, 247 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Sami Aslam, 1.4 ov), 2-6 (Babar Azam, 4.1 ov), 3-63 (Younis Khan, 19.1 ov), 4-63 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 19.3 ov), 5-89 (Asad Shafiq, 29.5 ov), 6-101 (Azhar Ali, 34.4 ov), 7-143 (Mohammad Amir, 46.5 ov), 8-153 (Sarfraz Ahmed, 49.6 ov), 9-159 (Wahab Riaz, 51.5 ov), 10-163 (Yasir Shah, 53.2 ov)
    MA Starc15.243642.3400
    JR Hazlewood13.033923.0000
    JM Bird11.024614.1802
    NM Lyon14.043332.3500

Close of Play

  • Mon, 26 Dec - day 1 - Pakistan 1st innings 142/4 (Azhar Ali 66*, Asad Shafiq 4*, 50.5 ov)
  • Tue, 27 Dec - day 2 - Pakistan 1st innings 310/6 (Azhar Ali 139*, Mohammad Amir 28*, 101.2 ov)
  • Wed, 28 Dec - day 3 - Australia 1st innings 278/2 (UT Khawaja 95*, SPD Smith 10*, 58 ov)
  • Thu, 29 Dec - day 4 - Australia 1st innings 465/6 (SPD Smith 100*, MA Starc 7*, 113.5 ov)
  • Fri, 30 Dec - day 5 - Pakistan 2nd innings 163 (53.2 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Losing streak


No. of consecutive Tests lost by Pakistan, including this - their joint-most successive losses. They had lost 5 in a row in 1999-00 as well.

Ruling Boxing Day


Runs scored by Steven Smith in the last 3 Boxing Day Tests, including 165* in this match. He made 192 & 14 v Ind in 2014 and 134* & 70* v WI in 2015.

Hat-trick of 1000s


No. of consecutive years in which Smith has scored 1000+ runs. Only Hayden (5) did it more times. Lara, Trescothick, Pietersen also in 3 consecutive years.

Solid start


No. of consecutive Tests from debut in which Peter Handscomb has scored at least a fifty, including this. He made 54 on debut v SA and 105 in the last Test.

Openers dominate at MCG


Last time openers from either sides scored centuries at MCG, before Azhar and Warner in this Test - Sehwag & Hayden.

Maiden ton at MCG


No. of Test 100s at MCG for Warner, before today. He had ave of 24.22 in 9 inns with best of 62. With this ton, he has 100s at all 6 Aus venues he has batted on.

Warner's 5000


No. of Aus batsmen to score 5000 or more runs in their Test career, including Warner. He is the 6th quickest after Bradman, Hayden, G Chappell, Harvey and Hussey.

Second double


No. of Pakistan players to make more than one double-century in a year. Azhar Ali, this year, became the first to do so.