DN Test: Pakistan on verge of series defeat against Australia
Dec 05 2019
"But I think Lyno today turned up and did exactly what we wanted him to do particularly in the second innings and win us Test matches".
The first test against New Zealand is a day-night affair in Perth, followed the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and the series finale in Sydney from January 3. We all witnessed a special knock from David Warner.
Batsman Cameron Bancroft has been left out of Australia'sTestsquad for the looming three-Test series against New Zealand.
Pakistan has been on the back foot since Australia won the toss, batted and declared at 589-3.
Four years after sweeping Misbah-ul-Haq's Pakistan 3-0, Australia maintained its ideal record against the South Asians on home soil.
Pakistan captain Azhar Ali admitted that they have been beaten by a better team. "I have certainly watched them the last few mornings and they look like they are a really disciplined, well-drilled Test team".
"We are backing the current batting line-up to continue their form across the next three Tests", Aussie head selector Trevor Hons said. Only misses out on a ideal score after dropping a reasonably straightforward caught and bowled on day three. He shared a 105-run stand with Babar Azam, who fell three runs short of a second consecutive Test ton. The elegant left-hander was scoring freely, with eight fours and a six, but on 68 he holed out to mid-off from Lyon's bowling and from then on it was curtains for the visitors. But in the face of some scepticism still remaining among his players - Mitchell Starc stating that the pink ball behaves more like a white ball - Paine argued that the floodlit game's challenges and subtleties needed to be seen on their own merit.
Asad Shafiq grafted his way to 57 from 112 balls before he was caught at leg-slip by Warner, trying to work a Lyon delivery square, as Pakistan slipped to 154-5. His keeping was highlighted by a brilliant one-handed catch to dismiss Iftikhar Ahmed in the first innings, although that was balanced by a missed stumping off Nathan Lyon.
Pakistan lost their final four wickets for just 38 runs, with Lyon trapping Yasir Shah lbw on 13 before Shaheen Shah holed out off the prolific spinner for just one run before dinner.
With these words to the host broadcaster, Australia's coach Justin Langer referred to the fact that after battling India at home and England away in the past 12 months, he and Tim Paine are leading a hardened Test match team.
Warner´s triple century was the highlight while Labuschagne shored up his burgeoning reputation by making 162 to go with the 185 he made in the first Test at Brisbane.