Commentry

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That brings us to the end of the Test series. Pakistan competed in parts but weren't able to test Australia in the vital moments barring the Gabba run chase perhaps. Both sides will now compete in colored outfits from 13th January onwards for five ODIs. The series opener begins in Brisbane from 0850 IST onwards. Do join us for that, until then, it's goodbye from us.

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STEVEN SMITH (MAN OF THE SERIES) is happy with the turnaround of the team over the last few weeks. States that he is happy with the kind of cricket his side has played. Feels that Australia have excelled in all three departments admirably. Praises his bowlers, particularly Hazlewood and Starc. Also lauds Lyon and O'Keefe in this game to do well. Accepts that winning his 50th Test, that too at his home ground is a perfect feeling. Praises Pakistan for being good competitors. Ends by saying that he hopes Australia can cap off the season on a high by winning the ODI series.

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DAVID WARNER (MAN OF THE MATCH) feels that the Australians have bounced back well after the Hobart defeat to South Africa. Says that the win in the final Test of the series helped them gain momentum which they have built on thereafter. Feels that the crowd has been great and adds that he enjoyed himself. States that he always backs himself to play his natural game and is glad that it paid off.

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MISBAH-UL-HAQ says that it was a really tough series and lavishes praises on the Australian team. Feels that their opposition outplayed Pakistan in all departments. Opines that the performances of Azhar, Shafiq and Sarfraz are some positives for the team. States that the Gabba performance was confidence-boosting but adds that the MCG collapse hurt the morale. Agrees that the upcoming ODI series will be important for the young Pakistani side and feels that the team will learn a lot from this Australian trip.

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Smith decided not to enforce the follow-on and the Australians rocketed at more than 7.5 rpo to swell their lead to 464 before the declaration happened. Sharjeel threw away a start but he was the only wicket to fall for Pakistan before stumps. They might have harbored hopes of salvaging some pride today but the first session dismantled them completely as they lost four wickets. A forgettable series for the tourists barring the fourth innings in Brisbane. Fourth consecutive series whitewash suffered by them in Australia. A selection overhaul is very likely. Perfect end to the Test season at home for Australia.

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It was perfect from the start for the hosts. After opting to bat, Warner's historic ton inside lunch on day 1 set the tone which was followed by centuries from Renshaw and Handscomb as well. Australia racked up a big score with only Wahab having a decent time with the ball. Pakistan lost early wickets but Younis and Azhar repaired things with a big stand. The latter's dismissal on day 3 opened the floodgates for Australia and Younis started to run out of partners. He farmed the strike well and smacked a brilliant unbeaten ton to help minimize the deficit.

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Absolute thrashing by the Australians. Nine wickets were left today for Pakistan but losing Azhar in the first over was a setback from which they couldn't recover. Misbah and Shafiq tried to dig in but it was only delaying the inevitable. There were some poor shots with both senior men Misbah and Younis throwing their wickets away. Sarfraz played some shots to narrow the margin of defeat and helped himself to an unbeaten fifty. Hazlewood and O'Keefe took 3-fers apiece, while Lyon was brilliant too.

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Josh Hazlewood to Imran Khan

OUT! WHITEWASH AFFECTED! Good length outside off, a bit of away movement as Imran pokes tamely at it. Gets the outside edge that flies towards gully where substitute Bird takes his fourth catch in the match - equals the best ever for a sub in a Test. Sarfraz' dream of a century, if he had one, will remain a dream. The hosts are absolutely pumped up in celebration. Tea won't have to be extended after all. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 220 RUNS.

80.1
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Josh Hazlewood to Imran Khan

Length ball outside off, Imran goes for the heave but he is nowhere near the ball.

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JOSH HAZLEWOOD will make first use of it.

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The second new ball has been taken.

79.6
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Nathan Lyon to Sarfraz Ahmed

SIX! CLOBBERED! Expensive over for Lyon. Tossed up on off, Sarfraz goes across to that one and slog sweeps it way over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. There is a thin chance but if Imran hangs around for a while, Sarfraz can get to his century here.

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It is nearing Tea time but play can be extended as only one wicket is remaining.

79.5
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Nathan Lyon to Sarfraz Ahmed

FOUR! Sarfraz is having a ball. Fired fuller on middle, probably the quickest Lyon has bowled, Sarfraz whips it over mid-wicket to pick up yet another boundary.

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Nathan Lyon to Sarfraz Ahmed

FOUR! More runs! Floated around off, Sarfraz goes for a slog sweep and although he didn't middle it well, still goes in the gap to fence for a boundary.

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Nathan Lyon to Sarfraz Ahmed

Floated on middle, Sarfraz goes for the sweep over mid-wicket. A bit aerial but in the gap as the batsmen get a brace.

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Nathan Lyon to Sarfraz Ahmed

FOUR! A bit short outside off, rocks back to make room and cuts it sweetly through cover-point to find the fence. Good footwork from Ahmed who is going to have some fun.

79.1
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Nathan Lyon to Sarfraz Ahmed

Flatter outside off, stays back and cuts it to the off side.

78.6
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Steven Smith to Imran Khan

Beaten! Tossed up generously around off, spins away sharply as Imran is beaten on the slog sweep. Some bounce there too for the skipper.

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Silly point comes in.

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