16.6 and Australia have their first in the first over of the morning. Hazlewood strikes. Exaaactly what Australia needed, and just the opposite for Pakistan. A fullish delivery tailing back in. The length was slightly shorter than the previous deliveries, Azhar wanted to work the ball into the leg side but the ball stops on him and he just bunts a ball back to the bowler. Easy return catch for Hazlewood. 55/2
    11.6 aargh. Another pathetic stroke from a frontline Pakistan batsman. Lots of flight on middle and leg, what was Sharjeel trying to do? Not even a percentage stroke. He looks to flick the ball over midwicket, against the spin, with a fielder in place there. Fails to keep it down, fails top clear the infield. Warner is patrolling that area and he picks the fielder out. Low-percentage cricket. Playing with the spin was a better option. Was looking so good too 51/1
    43.5 gone this time. Yasir isn't going. Checking if it has carried? Yes, Soft signal is out. A lovely loopy delivery outside off, Yasir gets right forward but the ball leaves the bat with some purchase. A thick outside edge carries to Bird at second slip who gets low and takes a good two-handed catch a few inches off the ground. Yasir's impressive resistance ends 96/5
    20.4 one more. Azam falls over one again. The same mode of dismissal like the first innings. That's bad batting. Doesn't bother reviewing, good thing too because that was plumb. Full and straight, the ball seams back in and hits Azam right in front of middle as Azam can't get his bat on his flick. Should have learned from his dismissal in the first innings. Hazlewood set him up for that, bowling wide outside off with the occasional bouncer to push him back. Fantastic bowling 67/3
    29.5 uh oh. Younis the one to play a false stroke this time. Undone by Lyon's magnificent pace variations. Runs down to the pitch but doesn't quite get there because the length is shorter. Goes through with a heave into the leg side. The ball stops on him and lobs up towards mid-on off the outside half of the bat. Hazlewood has his sights on the ball, gets underneath it and takes the catch. Just reward for some excellent bowling this morning 82/4
    70.6 gone! Misbah does it again. Why? Why? Why? Floated up outside off, a generous bit of flight and Misbah cannot resist. Gets down on one knee and looks to go over cover, the right shot instead of the leg side. But it's a fifth-day surface and there is going to be some spin. This one spins. Takes the outside half and lobs in the air. High in the air. Lyon gets close to the ball at mid-off and takes a good catch. Not the greatest stroke from Misbah considering how good he was looking in defense 188/7
    57.3 bowled 'im. Iffy choice of stroke. Australia strike. Full delivery outside off from Starc, not a lot of movement. What did for Shafiq is his feet movement. Went after a drive with his feet stuck in the crease, got a thick inside edge which clattered into the stumps. Big wicket 136/6
    not out
    72.6 Wade certainly thinks there was an edge, he forces Smith to use the review. . It's mighty close to the bat. Can't see much on HotSpot. There is the tiniest of thin spikes on Snicko though. A flat line and then a heartbeat. And then dead again. Is that conclusive enough? We saw something like this given yesterday, Steven Smith the victim. Yes, that is enough evidence and O'Keefe strikes. What a beautiful delivery though. Slowed it up on off, the ball pitches and spins away. Wahab is forced onto the front foot to defend. Takes just enough of the bat. Well done from Wade too. Knew straightaway 202/8
    78.4 and that is run-out. Amir went after a run, Sarfraz sent him back, but Amir was still looking at Sarfraz. He finally makes his way back but it's way too late. Tossed up delivery outside off, driven towards cover. O'Keefe runs in, picks up with his left hand and returns a lovely throw to Wade by the stumps who does the rest with time to spare. Didn't hear a call either. 224/9
    80.2 that's it. Australia sweep the series 3-0. A fullish length delivery on off, the ball moves away and takes the outside edge. Flies towards gully who takes a comfortable catch. That is Pakistan's 12 Test loss in a row in Australia 244/10
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    244 all out (80.2 Overs, RR: 3.03, 332 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-51 (Sharjeel Khan, 11.6 ov), 2-55 (Azhar Ali, 16.6 ov), 3-67 (Babar Azam, 20.4 ov), 4-82 (Younis Khan, 29.5 ov), 5-96 (Yasir Shah, 43.5 ov), 6-136 (Asad Shafiq, 57.3 ov), 7-188 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 70.6 ov), 8-202 (Wahab Riaz, 72.6 ov), 9-224 (Mohammad Amir, 78.4 ov), 10-244 (Imran Khan, 80.2 ov)
    MA Starc17.025713.3501
    JR Hazlewood18.272931.5800
    NM Lyon27.0610023.7000
    SNJ O'Keefe17.045333.1100
    SPD Smith1.00505.0000

Match Details

  • Moore Park Road Paddington, NSW, 2021 (+61 2 9360 6601)


Australia , elected to bat first

Series result

Australia won the 3-match series 3-0

Player of the match

Player of the series

Match number


Match days

03,04,05,06,07 January 2017 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Tue, 3 Jan - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 365/3 (MT Renshaw 167*, PSP Handscomb 40*, 88 ov)
  • Wed, 4 Jan - day 2 - Pakistan 1st innings 126/2 (Azhar Ali 58*, Younis Khan 64*, 41 ov)
  • Thu, 5 Jan - day 3 - Pakistan 1st innings 271/8 (Younis Khan 136*, Yasir Shah 5*, 95 ov)
  • Fri, 6 Jan - day 4 - Pakistan 2nd innings 55/1 (Azhar Ali 11*, Yasir Shah 3*, 16 ov)
  • Sat, 7 Jan - day 5 - Pakistan 2nd innings 244 (80.2 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Another whitewash


No. of consecutive whitewashes for Pakistan in Australia, including this. They have lost 3-0 in each of the last 4 series Down Under since 1999-00.

Not Yet


Younis's career aggregate, after getting out for 13 in this inns. He doesn't complete 10,000 runs here.

Big task


Highest target successfully chased at SCG, by the hosts vs SA in 2006. No touring team has won chasing more than 200 here. Pak are set 465 to win, in about 114 overs.

Blazing fifty


No. of balls in which Warner reached his fifty - the 2nd-fastest in Tests. Fastest is by Misbah in 21 balls v Aus in 2014-15. Previous fastest for Aus: Yardley 29 balls.

Unique set


No. of countries in which Younis Khan has scored Test centuries, including UAE - first player to do so. Dravid is the only other to score 100s in all ten full-member nations.

Misbah's low


Misbah's average in this series - his worst in any series. His scores: 4, 5, 11, 0, 18. His previous worst was 11.50 against the same oppositions in 2002-03.

Quick wickets


Score in the last 11 overs of the second session. Aus lost 3 for 27 in 4 overs and Pak 2 for 16 in 7 overs. Only 5 wkts had fallen in first 131 overs of the match.

Four in Four


No. of Australia players to make at least one 50+ score in each of their career's first 4 Tests - Herbie Collins and Peter Handscomb.

Double blast


Last time both Aus openers scored 100s in the same inns at SCG, before this - Langer and Hayden vs SA. Warner and Renshaw have done it in this inns.