Australia v Pakistan: Hosts close on series whitewash in Sydney


"We want to finish this test series on a good note, so it will be better for us if we show some fight", veteran batsman Younis Khan said. "It is very fantastic", the 39-year-old told Grandstand.

This effectively puts Shaun Marsh out of reckoning for the opening position. Khawaja remained unbeaten on 79, while Handscomb finished with 40 not out off just 25 deliveries. "So what could've been, hasn't, which has been really lucky for me and I've just been happy that I can take those chances to make the scores that I have". "I generally don't try too much of copying because that's not my game".

David Warner pushed Australia towards a series clean sweep by making the second fastest test century in history on Friday.

"I can't feel that I'll be the greatest Pakistani (player)", Younis said. Mohammad Amir didn't bowl because of injury, while hobbled legspinner Yasir Shah went for nearly nine runs an over.

Warner became only the fifth cricketer ever to score a century before lunch on the first day of a Test match.

"He thought once he started keeping he might be alright, but he couldn't get too far away from the toilet so he couldn't do it". Pakistan's Majid Khan (1977) was the last player to achieve the feat before Warner.

Australian pair Charles Macartney (1926) and Victor Trumper (1902) are the other two batsmen to reach triple figures in the first session.

The players were reminded of that incident when Australia opener Matt Renshaw got hit on his grille on Tuesday as Pakistan players rushed to him to check his well being.

He brought up the milestone with a single off the 194th ball he faced and had nine fours on the board when he was out, hit wicket off Wahab Riaz, for 110.

Rabada picked up 10 for 92 and was declared Man of the Match, as the Proteas took an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series.

Having been called up as one of several debutants in response to his country's humiliating defeat to South Africa in the second Test in Hobart two months ago, Handscomb has yet to be dismissed for less than 50 in six innings to date.

Bird was in action soon enough taking a catch off the bowling of Nathan Lyon to remove struggling Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq for 18.