Australia vs Pakistan, 2nd Test Day 4 in Adelaide

Tanya Simon
December 2, 2019

Mitchell Starc took six wickets and denied Babar Azam a century to break stubborn resistance from the Pakistan batsmen Sunday as they work to save the day-night second Test at Adelaide Oval. The 44-year old slammed the selection of the 19-year old Musa Khan saying he doesn't look like a Test match bowler since he conceded 114 from 20 overs, taking no wickets.

Tim Paine's declaration robbed Warner of the chance to push for Brian Lara's world record of 400 but the left-handed opener joined exalted company after striding off unbeaten on 335, the 10th highest score in tests.

Babar Azam made a brilliant 97, but the surprise package turned out to be Yasir Shah, who slammed his maiden Test and FC century and ended up making 113 runs and reduced Australia's lead to 287 runs.

With this, Steve went past England's legendary batsman Wally Hammond, who secured his 7000th run in his 131st innings while Indian opener Virender Sehwag managed to reach the record the score in 134th innings.

It is exalted company for a man fingered as the mastermind of the ball-tampering scandal at Newlands previous year, which scandalised a nation and saw him banned for 12 months along with former skipper Steve Smith.

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A single taken off the bowling of Musa during in Adelaide allowed Smith to reach the milestone and take possession of a record held for 73 years by English legend Wally Hammond.

"The fastest to 7K - you're a star Steve Smith!", tweeted Cricket Australia. Smith had a dream run in the Ashes 2019 where he was adjudged as Australia's Man of the Series after having amassed over 700 runs. "If I had my time again I would've not changed my guard, I wouldn't have listened to some external noises, I would've backed myself more and bat where I have been here outside off, leaving the ball patiently, getting my bat and pad closer together and under my nose, and I am capable of that".

The visitors, who have lost 13 consecutive Tests in Australia, were in big trouble at 39 for three when rain forced an early end, 248 runs behind with two days left and their top order decimated.

Victory now appears a formality for Australia, and Starc said after Sunday's play of his role: "It's not really come into my thought process".

"So yeah, if I get no runs I always like to have a run or go to the gym or do something just to give myself a bit of a punishment". "But for me, it is always about coming out here and trying to make a statement", he told Fox Cricket.

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