Australia vs Pakistan 3rd Test Day 4 Highlights 2024 – 6 Jan

Australia vs Pakistan Highlights Today, Pakistan tour of Australia 2024 3rd Test, Sydney Cricket Ground, Saturday 6-1-2024.

Australia was closing in on victory at the SCG as Pakistan collapsed in their second innings and Babar Azam fell late on day three to end a tortuous series. In the last over of the day’s play, fast Josh Hazlewood captured the wickets of Saud Shakeel. Nightwatcher Sajid Khan, and Salman Agha, ruining Pakistan’s chances of giving Australia a difficult score.

Hazlewood was on a rampage, finishing with 4 for 9 from five overs as Pakistan, down by just 82 runs. Reached stumps in ruins at 68 for 7. At the crease were Aamer Jamal and Muhammad Rizwan, who had both scored half-centuries in Pakistan’s opening innings. Although Pakistan’s hopes of ending a 16-Test losing record in Australia have been diminished by their late collapse. The surface is deceiving due to rough spots that produce inconsistent bounce and sharp spin.

Jamal blasted

through Australia’s lower order to give Pakistan a narrow first-innings lead of 14 runs in a furious closing session. However, the visitors’ second innings got off to a catastrophic start when Mitchell Starc’s brilliant delivery in the first over cleanly dismissed opener Adbullah Shafique. Shafique had an amazing start to the series until he fell apart and ended with two wickets. But he was helpless against a late swinging delivery from Starc that rattled the stumps.

In the subsequent over, Pakistan lost more ground as captain Shan Masood misplayed a loose ball off Hazlewood and was caught for a golden duck. Saim Ayub, who was making his Test cricket debut. Was under pressure after he lost two catches while Australia was batting and let up a second-ball duck in the first innings. However, when Ayub capitalized on Starc’s width and displayed his natural aggression with a spectacular upper cut for six, his anxieties relaxed. As his self-assurance increased. He showed contempt for the speedy Pat Cummins by hitting his opening blow over mid-on with a daring stroke. Then he took a seat next to Babar. Who had only averaged 20.6 in the series before Cummins had picked him off three times.

Together,

they amassed 57 runs when Ayub, at 33. Fell victim to Nathan Lyon and was left stranded on the pads in a decision that was not reversed upon review. Babar was therefore absolutely necessary for Pakistan to make it to stumps. But on 23 he was only able to outscore part-timer Travis Head when Alex Carey made a nimble catch. Australia had bounced back nicely from their disastrous first innings earlier in the day. When the highly effective Mitchell Marsh produced his fourth half-century of the series and linked with Carey for an innings-long partnership of 84 runs. They looked to be creeping closer to a significant lead. Marsh counterattacked against the second new ball, taking advantage of Ayub’s drop on 7.

After being discarded early in Australia’s World Cup run. Carey had come under pressure heading into the summer. However, a vital half-century in the second innings of the Boxing Day Test gave him the much-needed bounce. With multiple outstanding shots through his preferred off side. He maintained his momentum and the pair quickly passed the half-century mark. However, Sajid bowled Carey for 38 at the start of tea, setting off a remarkable 5 for 10 collapse. After the tea break, Marsh fell for 54 in the second over when he misjudged Jamal to mid-off. Two balls later. Cummins was out for LBW after missing a full toss, a call that DRS reversed. After dismissing Lyon and Hazlewood for a duck, Jamal finished with 6 for 69 from 21.4 overs, his second five-wicket haul.

However,

in a whirlwind day’s play. Australia had looked set to seize the initiative when Marnus Labuschagne and Steven Smith surmounted a torrent of short balls to build a 79-run partnership. For the third wicket, only to be dismissed before lunch. Before play ended on day two, Jamal pursued his plan against the batters by looking for a short-ball strategy. After the slips were removed and there were numerous fielders on the leg side. Jamal bowed his back and attempted to bowl a spirited spell but was stopped. Smith, who has been having trouble with short-pitched bowling. For a while, did come dangerously close to hitting short midwicket.

In an attempt to bounce back after a weak 2023 in which he averaged 35 in Test cricket. Labuschagne was composed but patient, reaching his half-century with a beautiful pull shot while handling seamer Hasan Ali’s slow pace with ease. When left-arm quick Mir Hamza returned to the attack. Pakistan changed their strategy since there were too many catchers on the off side. When Smith, on 38, struck straight to cover and stared dumbfounded at the pitch before hobbling off. The plan changed and it worked. Salman knocked Labuschagne clean for 60 in the next over with a superb delivery that skidded sharply off the rough.

By stumps, however, Australia’s attempt to sweep the series remained intact. The scene was set for retiring opener David Warner to have a dream come true on the fourth day of the traditional New Year’s Test. Which was dedicated to the late Australian great Glenn McGrath’s wife Jane, who passed away in 2008 from breast cancer.

Toss: Pakistan chose to bat.

Australia team: 1 David Warner, 2 Usman Khawaja, 3 Marnus Labuschagne, 4 Steven Smith, 5 Travis Head, 6 Mitchell Marsh 7 Alex Carey (wk), 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Pat Cummins (capt), 10 Nathan Lyon, 11 Josh Hazlewood
Pakistan team: 1 Abdullah Shafique, 2 Saim Ayub, 3 Shan Masood (capt), 4 Babar Azam, 5 Saud Shakeel, 6 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 7 Agha Salman, 8 Sajid Khan, 9 Hasan Ali, 10 Mir Hamza, 11 Aamer Jamal

Head to Head In Test’s: 71
Australia Won: 36
Pakistan Won: 15
Australia Test Rankings: 2nd
Pakistan Test Rankings: 6th

Form guide
(last five completed Test’s, most recent first)
Australia WWLDL
Pakistan LLWWL

Match Timings: 11:30 PM GMT | 10:30 AM Local
Umpires – Joel Wilson, Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire – Michael Gough
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Claire Polosak
Match number – Test no. 2521

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Match Report

Australia finished the series sweep in the third Test at the SCG. Defeating Pakistan by eight wickets thanks to a bold half-century from retiring opener David Warner. Before his epic final innings came to an end just after midday on day four, Warner hit 57 off 75 balls. Leaving Australia only 11 runs shy of victory. After walking off to handshakes with the Pakistani squad. Warner was given out lbw to offspinner Sajid Khan on review. The 24,220 spectators responded with a thunderous applause as Warner waved his bat.

With Australia easily defeating the 130 mark on a dry track that had played tricks with varying bounce and strong turn. Marnus Labuschagne finished undefeated on 62 from 73 balls. In contrast to day three. When 15 wickets fell, Australia played with intent and scored at a rate of more than five runs per over. Aamer Jamal, Pakistan’s strongest bowler in the series, was surprisingly not deployed until after lunch. Although he was instrumental in the team’s 119-run stand with Warner and Labuschagne.

In his farewell innings of his 112-Test career. Warner had all eyes on him. Usman Khawaja, Warner’s opening partner and close friend. Gave him a long embrace as he emerged to a standing ovation before Pakistan’s guard of honor arrived. As Sajid took the first ball to bowl for Pakistan. He quickly made an impression by cutting Khawaja with a ball that twisted beyond the bat. Later in the over, Sajid removed Khawaja leg before wicket for a duck. A judgment that was maintained on appeal, giving Pakistan’s modest prospects a boost.

It was interesting

to see if Warner would take a more aggressive stance or play in his usual proactive manner. He opened his account with a punch through cover as he demonstrated his running between the wickets to rush back for a second. Making it clear what his goal was as he skipped down the pitch at left-arm quick Mir Hamza.

After hitting a wide delivery from Hamza through cover with his 12th delivery. Warner unleashed his maiden boundary and displayed his white-ball prowess by reverse-sweeping Sajid to the boundary. Warner had some luck when he inside edged seamer Hasan Ali past his stumps. But his strategy was hazardous on a challenging surface. He also experienced a nervous moment when, after nearly holeing out to mid-on off Sajid. He managed to land safely wide of Jamal, who had made a futile retreat.

Warner achieved his fifty-seven-run score in just 56 deliveries, and Australia only needed to score 39 runs to win after lunch. The contest’s remaining interest was centered on Warner’s ability to hit the winning runs. He made it through a close lbw call from Sajid on 53, which Pakistan tried in vain to review. To exacerbate their ongoing problems at the field, captain Shan Masood dropped Labuschagne at short midwicket.

Labuschagne,

who averaged a meek 35 in Test cricket the previous year, was in fine form as he produced the game’s second half-century. Following Warner’s departure, he struck the winning run, and Australia earned a series sweep. With none of the three Tests going to a fifth day. After day two’s first half washed out, the match essentially lasted barely three days. Warner’s departure would create a significant void at the top of the order, which presented a challenge to Australia, especially for their batsmen.

Pakistan’s setback was upsetting as they lost for the 17th time in a row in Australia. Over the last two Test matches. They have demonstrated a level of competition and tenacity that few visiting sides in Australia possess. Pakistan discovered Jamal, who took 18 wickets in his first Test series and batted 82 in their opening innings. Demonstrating promise as a true all-rounder.

However,

Pakistan will be sorry for their careless batting and fielding, which culminated late on day three as they lost to 67 for 7 in their second innings. On the fourth day, they were counting on Muhammad Rizwan and Jamal to give Australia a difficult total. Hasty After taking wickets of Saud Shakeel. Nightwatcher Sajid Khan, and Salman Agha in the last over of day three, Josh Hazlewood began day four’s bowling. Following a cautious start. Jamal struck Hazlewood through backward point to hit the first boundary of the day.

Rizwan looked to strike Nathan Lyon, living dangerously, but he was more successful in sweeping Travis Head. the part-time spinner. As Pakistan’s lead surpassed 100. Jamal displayed his growing confidence by unleashing a reverse sweep off Lyon to the boundary. Only 45 minutes into the day’s play, captain Pat Cummins, coming off three straight five-wicket hauls. Came close to breaking the partnership that had reached 42 runs. As has frequently happened in this series. Pakistan’s hopes were raised just as they were about to take a big step forward when Rizwan (28), inside-edged Lyon to Warner at leg slip.

With Warner taking center stage and concluding his remarkable career with his characteristic aggression and a resounding Australia victory, Pakistan crumbled.

Post Match Presentation

Shan Masood:

Taking a lead, missing a few chances, it’s a bit of Déjà vu since Melbourne, Australia went searching for wickets. We left the gate open and they made full use of it. Realistically, we would have liked anything over 200. That doesn’t make batter take that many risks early on so I think we were quite a few runs short and Australia bowled really well again. We are learning it the hard way. I think that’s the thing we have to do as a Test team going forward. Rizwan top scored but nobody got over 200 runs this series. If we can make those little improvements, grab those chances, make fifties into hundred. So the little improvements could help us. We got 10 months to play the next Test match so plenty of time to get back and re-apply. (Shan presents Babar Azam’s shirt as a parting gift to David Warner) what a lovely gesture from Pakistan team.

Pat Cummins, Player of the Series:

Having them four down really set the game up. I thought batters adjusted really well and it was like subcontinent conditions. They swept well, you can’t just survive there, you got to put pressure on bowlers. (On Hazelwood), oh, it was great, brilliant Test cricket late in the day, entire stadium erupted. Huge cheers for Mitch Marsh, he is thriving, he is a guy who puts a lot of pressure on the oppositions (on Warner) it’s gonna be hard to replace Davey. He is a huge personality, he really sets the game up, he’s gonna be huge to replace.

Cummins on Warner:

“It’s going to be hard to replace Davey, he’s basically played every game for the last dozen years, he’s a huge personality. He really sets the game up with the way he plays every time he walks out. He’s going to be huge to replace. We’ll enjoy him for the next day or so while we’ve still got him around.”

David Warner:

“Massive part of your life and without their support you can’t do what you do. I owe credit to my parents for giving me a beautiful and great upbringing. My brother Steve, I followed in his footsteps. And then Candice came along and sort of got me in line. We’ve had a beautiful family and I cherish every moment I get with them. I love them to death and I’m not going to keep carrying on because I’ll get too emotional. But thank you, Candace, for what you’ve done. You mean the world to me, and I appreciate it.

I think it’d be quite emotional to watch the guys go out there and not play and knowing that I was able to come out here and do what I could do. But as I just mentioned you got a great bunch of cricketers here. We are all almost over 30 years of age. So as time goes by, we’re not getting younger, but this team, they’re energetic, they’re world class and they’re a great bunch of guys. [Would like to be remembered as] exciting, entertaining, and I hope I put a smile on everyone’s face with the way that I played and hopefully the young kids out there can follow in my footsteps. White ball cricket to Test cricket. It’s the pinnacle of our sport. So keep working hard to play the red ball game because it’s entertaining as well.”

Aamer Jamal, Player of the match: Yes, I waited long to get here. Congratulations to Australia and thank you everyone who came in to watch this game. Feelings are incredible and over the moon and performing against great Australian side wasn’t easy but I stick to my basics so I succeeded. (on batting) Loved every moment, I knew they will come hard on us so I wasn’t giving up and focusing on every ball. I think we have got very talented Mir Hamza, Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali so I will stick to (bowling later).

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