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Australia consolidate position at second spot after Pakistan thrashing

Australia consolidate position at second spot after Pakistan thrashing”

Australia won the first Test in Brisbane by an innings and five runs.

Starc's bowling will be well overshadowed by David Warner's record-breaking 335 not out in Adelaide, but his form turnaround is nearly equally as impressive.

The left-armer has also taken the most first-class wickets by an Australian in day-night matches, with his tally now at 58.

Despite the decisive double demolition job, Pakistan's resistance in the second innings of both Tests have frustrated Australia's bowlers, and threatened to do so again on Monday, before Nathan Lyon (5-69) struck five times at one of his favourite hunting grounds.

It was his 16th five-wicket haul and his first against Pakistan, who have lost all four Tests they have played this year after two defeats to South Africa in January.

On Day 2 of the Adelaide Test that belonged entirely to David Warner, Australia captain Tim Paine managed to attract the limelight for a while by taking a blinder behind the stumps.

One of Starc's victims was the key scalp of Babar caught behind, after he again gave Pakistan their only real light with 97 to go with his century at the Gabba.

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"We have been beaten by a better team. As a bowling unit, we need to control the scoring rate".

Soon after, Shafiq (57) too was sent back to the pavilion by Lyon.

Lyon then removed Iftikhar Ahmed, caught at short leg by Labuschagne for a battling 27, before trapping surprise first-innings century-maker Yasir Shah lbw for 13.

Australia's spinner Nathan Lyon celebrates taking his fifth Pakistan wicket of the innings on the fourth day of the second Test cricket match between Australia and Pakistan in Adelaide on December 2, 2019.

Australia has completed a clean sweep of Pakistan in their two-Test series, wrapping up another victory by more than an innings at Adelaide Oval.

In reply to the hosts' massive first innings total of 589/3, the visitors were once reeling at 89/6 in the first innings before Babar Azam and Yasir Shah came together for a rescue operation, showing great grit and determination to share a crucial 105-run stand seventh wicket.

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



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