On a green pitch at the Gabba that earned a below average rating, Australia claimed victory in six sessions as 34 wickets fell in fewer than 145 overs in the second-shortest Test in Australia. For South Africa it was - as Ian Chappell foresaw - a case of fragile batting underpinning their troubles, their capitulation at the Gabba the latest in a year where they have averaged just 24.63 in Tests.
It took India just 11.2 overs on the fifth morning to take the final four Bangladesh wickets and go 1-0 up. For Bangladesh, debutant Zakir Hasan, who made a century on Test debut after years of domestic toil, was a highlight.
England cleaned up 3-0 in Pakistan as Ben Stokes' side continued their unstoppable march, completing an eight-wicket win inside the first hour on the fourth morning, capping Pakistan's worst streak at home since 1959. Eighteen-year-old debutant Rehan Ahmed, who picked up a five-for, is already emerging as a difference maker for England. It's been a long, bumpy ride for England but they've come through Grand Prixs, viruses, funky bowling, and Nighthawks to overcome history in Pakistan, says Vithushan Ehantharajah. The series was also defining for Ben Stokes as captain, and few foresaw the depths of psychological and tactical insight that England's Test leader would bring to the role. With the football World Cup running alongside the Test series, Osman Samiuddin enjoyed two acts of grand-wizard magic - one by Messi, one by Jimmy Anderson.
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