The Sunday Leader

Clinical Aussies Clinch 3-0 Series Sweep

Australia clinched a series clean sweep with an emphatic 220-run win over Pakistan in the third Test in Sydney on Saturday.

The tourists were all out shortly before tea on the final day for 244 chasing 465 runs with paceman Josh Hazlewood and spinner Steve O’Keefe both snaring three wickets.

Pakistan’s hopes of holding out for a draw evaporated with the dismissals of leading series runscorer Azhar Ali and veteran Younis Khan before lunch.

Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed topscored with a fighting unbeaten 72 off 70 balls.

Australia completed a series sweep after a 39-run win in the first Gabba Test and an innings and 18-run victory in Melbourne last week.

It was Pakistan’s 12th straight defeat since their last Test win in Australia in Sydney 22 years ago.

Dynamic opening batsman David Warner was named man of the match for his scintillating hundred before lunch on the opening day, while skipper Steve Smith was announced as the official player of the series.

“I’m really proud of the way the boys have played in the last few weeks,” Smith said.

“I don’t think Davy Warner knows any other way and he set the tone for us straight up in the first and second innings.”

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq said his team never recovered from their shattering innings defeat to lose the series in the second Melbourne Test.

“The last day of the MCG was the biggest disappointment of the tour and we got demoralised from that and could not recover. This is how it is. Australia is not an easy place,” Misbah said.

The tourists lost four wickets in Saturday’s first session after resuming at 55 for one.

Azhar Ali lasted just six balls into the final day before he was out in a soft dismissal on his overnight score of 11.

He tried to work Josh Hazlewood to the leg-side only to bunt the ball back to the bowler for an easy return catch.

Azhar finished as the highest Pakistan runscorer in a series in Australia with 406 at 81.20.

Misbah resisted for 98 balls before he went after O’Keefe and skied to the safe hands of Lyon at mid-off for 38 — his highest score of a struggling series.

Misbah, at 42 and playing probably his last innings in Australia, was given a generous ovation as he left the SCG.

Australia tour India next month for a four-Test series, while Pakistan do not have any Tests scheduled until April, when they will tour the West Indies for a four-match series.

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