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White and Voges brush off Pakistan

Australia A 3 for 172 (White 73*, Voges 45*) beat Pakistan A 170 (Akmal 39, McKay 3-32) by seven wickets
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Australia A dominated the one-off Twenty20 by thumping Pakistan A by seven wickets at the Allan Border Field, thereby completing victory in all three formats of the series. After some good bowling, in particular by Brett Geeves and Clint McKay, a powerful partnership between Cameron White and Adam Voges guided them home.

Pakistan were hurt by an inability to decide on the perfect method of acceleration after opting to bat. Despite an early blow from Shaun Tait, Mohammad Hafeez (29 from 17 balls) jack-knifed the run rate only to fall just as the team's half-century sprang up in the fifth over. He was the second wicket in a crucial over from Geeves, who came on as first change after Doug Bollinger took some stick, and those twin strikes set Pakistan back.

Sheharyar Ghani (22 from 15) and Umar Akmal (39 from 28) were cut off by Australia's spinners, White and Jason Krejza, before they could post seriously challenging scores. Then McKay struck thrice in consecutive overs - twice in the 15th over - to dent the lower middle order. Pakistan were dismissed on the final ball of their innings for a competitive 170, but it proved insufficient against a rampaging White and a classy Voges.

Australia's openers David Warner (20 from 12) and Tim Paine (27 from 11) threw their bats at the Pakistan new-ball attack of Fahad Masood and Naved Arif. Though both failed to go on, their approach had maintained the required rate and paved the way for White and Voges to ease Australia to victory with 16 balls to spare.

Callum Ferguson missed out when he as run out for 1 but at one end Voges kept the scorecard moving by blazing an unbeaten 45 from 34 balls, while the captain White was savage in clubbing 73 from 43 balls. He reminded Australia's selectors of his potential in this format, striking five sixes and four fours and dominating a 120-run alliance with Voges, who picked up three sixes.

"We've consistently played well across all formats and it's nice to come away with the Twenty20 after winning the four-day and one-day series as well," the captain White said. "Our bowlers were excellent today in restricting Pakistan to 170 on what was a good batting wicket and very fast outfield.

"Pakistan have provided us with challenge right throughout this series, we've had to work hard every game." Australia took the two-match unofficial Test series 1-0 and the one-dayers 2-1.