Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

935dJarrod Kimber

It looks over, but thank you Misbah

Maybe it should be, maybe it is time, maybe he should walk away now and enjoy everything he has achieved, has won, has fought for. Maybe he should. But I don't want it to be over

936dBharath Seervi

Highest total and most sixes at MCG

Pakistan's most defeats in a Test year, Starc collects an MCG record, and other stats highlights from the fifth day of the second Test between Australia and Pakistan in Melbourne

935dOsman Samiuddin at the MCG

The tune that would haunt Pakistan

Dismissals, drops, catches, trends, they all came together to form a tune that would haunt Pakistan for a long time

935dBrydon Coverdale in Melbourne

You won't take this Lyon down

Nathan Lyon began the fifth day at the MCG uncertain of his place in the side for the Sydney Test. By the end of play, he stepped back from the precipice with a spell that set the tone for Australia's unlikely win

Day 4

936dBrydon Coverdale in Melbourne

Let's talk about six

Australia have struggled to find a No. 6 batsman in Tests and it appears the search will continue for a while

936dBrydon Coverdale at the MCG

Lyon hasn't bowled 'at his best' - Smith

Australia's captain Steven Smith has declined to name Nathan Lyon a certain starter for the Sydney Test, declaring that Australia needed greater consistency from the offspinner.

936dOsman Samiuddin in Melbourne

Pakistan's muddled bowling strategies

There is little doubt that Pakistan have planned and executed poorly with the ball in this series. Bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, however, did not have all the answers to explain this area of concern

Day 3

938dThe Report by Daniel Brettig in Melbourne

Azhar ton, Sohail fifty flatten Australia

An imperious Azhar Ali and destructive Sohail Khan sent the Australians scurrying with an unbeaten eighth-wicket stand of 116 to catapult Pakistan well past 400

938dShiva Jayaraman and Bharath Seervi

Azhar Ali sets double-ton benchmarks

Stats highlights from the MCG Test, where Azhar Ali became the first Pakistan batsman to hit two scores of 200-plus in a year

937dOsman Samiuddin in Melbourne

Wahab's no-ball troubles blunting Pakistan's weapon

The frequency with which the Pakistan fast bowler has overstepped in recent Tests is almost alarming, and, at the MCG against Australia, it marred what was otherwise a sensational spell

938dDaniel Brettig in Melbourne

Mark Nicholas taken back to hospital

The commentator was taken back to hospital shortly after resuming broadcasting duties on day three of the Boxing Day Test.

937dJarrod Kimber at the MCG

Making sense of Misbah's insane fields

Yasir Shah bowled predominantly with a six-three, leg-side field on the third day at the MCG, and it allowed the Australian batsmen to plunder

Day 2

939dThe Report by Daniel Brettig in Melbourne

Rain spoils contest after Azhar ton

A century from Azhar Ali and staunch support by Asad Shafiq frustrated Australia's bowlers on a rain-interrupted day two in Melbourne.

938dOsman Samiuddin

Azhar Ali: no show, all performance

He might not be the most talked about or attractive batsman in Pakistan's line up, but Azhar Ali has proven himself to be equal to the best when it comes to scoring Test runs

938dOsman Samiuddin at the MCG

Rain upsets Pakistan's hard-earned momentum

Pakistan endured a day of frustration at the MCG, as light but persistent rain twice prevented them from pressing on with the game just when they seemed perfectly placed to do so

938dBrydon Coverdale at the MCG

Australia's quicks carrying a heavy load

Australia's missing pace-bowling allrounder, and an apparent underuse of Nathan Lyon, have left Josh Hazlewood & Co doing a lion share of the work in the field.

Day 1

940dThe Report by Daniel Brettig in Melbourne

Australia claw ahead with regular blows

A fine delivery from Jackson Bird and a better catch by Nic Maddinson at short leg put Australia in control of Pakistan's first innings before rain arrived at the MCG.

939dOsman Samiuddin at the MCG

Arthur wants Younis, Misbah to stay

Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan have earned the right to decide when to leave the game, according to Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur.

939dBrydon Coverdale at the MCG

Bird holds his own amid uncertainty

Earlier in the year Jackson Bird, pace bowler, was dropped for his batting. He faces competition from faster, younger men. But, unsurprisingly, he still got the job done on Boxing Day.

940dBrydon Coverdale in Melbourne

When the cult of Nathan Lyon hit Melbourne

A Facebook campaign had called for the Melbourne fans to yell "Niiiice, Garry" after Nathan Lyon's third ball of the Test. Fittingly, the offspinner took a wicket with it


941dOsman Samiuddin in Melbourne

Topsy-turvy Pakistan at the MCG

All week they have spoken about the confidence they gained in Brisbane, in spite of their losing the Test. To be fair, in training at least, they have walked the talk

941dMelinda Farrell in Melbourne

Australia look to quell the fuss after Gabba

Even though much of the attention from the Gabba Test was on Australia's struggles in the face of a defiant Pakistan chase, Steven Smith was pleased that his side managed to seal the match.

943dBrydon Coverdale

Starc excited for maiden Boxing Day Test

The Australian spearhead looks forward to playing in his first Boxing Day Test, having missed all opportunities since his debut back in December 2011.

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.