Australia v Pakistan: Home side complete series whitewash with third Test victory

Misbah-ul-Haq
Australia players appeal for an LBW on Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who was eventually out for 38.
Third Test, Sydney (day five):
Australia 538-8 dec & 241-2 dec: Khawaja 79 not out, Smith 59, Warner 55
Pakistan 315 & 244: Sarfraz 72 not out, Sharjeel 40; Hazlewood 3-29, O'Keefe 3-53
Australia won by 220 runs
Scorecard

Australia completed a 3-0 series whitewash over Pakistan with a 220-run victory in the third Test at Sydney.

Resuming on 55 for one, the tourists needed to bat out day five to save the Test but they lasted just 64 overs before being bowled out for 244.

Josh Hazlewood and Stephen O'Keefe took three wickets each on Saturday while Sarfraz Ahmed was left stranded on 72 not out for Pakistan.

It was a 12th successive Test defeat in Australia for Misbah-ul-Haq's side.

Pakistan's 42-year-old captain said his team did not recover from the final day collapse in the second Test in Melbourne when they lost by an innings and 18 runs after scoring 443 in the first innings.

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

Pakistan did not take 20 wickets in any Test.

"It's difficult for any Asian side to come here and take 20 wickets in a Test match. That's an art and we could not do that and that mainly cost us the series," Misbah added.

It was Australia's first series victory since February last year and a stark turnaround to a summer that began with a home series defeat by South Africa.

"You lose your first two Tests of an Australian summer and you are not in a good place,'' captain Steve Smith said. "I'm really proud of the way the guys have come in and turned it around since then.''

Next up is a five-game one-day international series between the teams, beginning on 13 January.

Lynn and Stanlake in one-day squad

Chris Lynn
Chris Lynn is the top run-scorer in the 2016-17 Big Bash so far with 309 runs from five matches, including three half-centuries

Batsman Chris Lynn and fast bowler Billy Stanlake have been included in Australia's 14-man squad for the one-day series, while Usman Khawaja has been recalled after missing the 3-0 one-day series win over New Zealand in December.

Aaron Finch, George Bailey and Hilton Cartwright are the men to drop out of the squad.

Lynn, 26, has been in fine form in the Big Bash and recently hit an unbeaten 98 from 49 balls for Brisbane Heat against Perth Scorchers, while Stanlake, 22, has taken six wickets in four Big Bash games for Adelaide Strikers.

"We believe it is right we give Chris Lynn the chance to show whether he can convert his wonderful ball-striking ability to ODIs,'' said national selector Trevor Hohns.

Australia one-day international squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Travis Head, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.

Top Stories