Australia thumps Pakistan in Adelaide to complete 2-0 Test series sweep

Tanya Simon
December 2, 2019

Nathan Lyon grabbed five wickets to spin Australia to an emphatic innings and 48-run victory in the second test against Pakistan as the hosts swept the series 2-0.

It added to an already poor record Down Under, with Pakistan now beaten in 14 consecutive Tests on Australian shores.

Travis Head has joined one of the most freaky lists in cricket history, becoming just the third Australian to win a Test match without the effort of batting, bowling or taking a catch.

The dinner break held up Australia's victory march but they took the second new ball shortly after the interval, allowing Josh Hazlewood to bowl Rizwan.

"We lacked in all departments in both Tests but we take some positives", he said.

Victorious Australia captain Tim Paine said: "Probably barring a few slip-ups yesterday in the field, I think we've played some fantastic cricket over the last two Test matches".

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Yasir Shah scored a fighting maiden Test century on Sunday as Pakistan battled back against Australia in the day-night second Test in Adelaide. We didn't live up the expectations that were based around this young team. "As a bowling unit, we need to control the scoring rate".

He made the key breakthrough, dismissing Shaan Masood for 68, when the left-hander didn't get to the pitch of one and picked out Mitchell Starc at mid-off.

Warner strode off unbeaten on 335 and soaked up a standing ovation at the Adelaide Oval, having become the first triple centurion at the hallowed ground in a 418-ball epic that lasted more than nine hours.

Mitchell Starc was the destroyer in Pakistan's first innings, taking 6-66 to reinforce his position as perhaps the best pink-ball bowler in the world.

Iftikhar Ahmed and Muhammad Rizwan went about resuming the resistance and lasted nearly 20 overs before Iftikhar (27) prodded forward to glove a ball to Marnus Labuschagne at short leg, who pouched a sharp chance after a rough couple of days in the field.

Tougher opposition awaits them with the arrival this month of New Zealand for three Tests - in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

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