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Australia Wins By 220 Runs In Third Test Against Pakistan

Australia dominated the match to secure a series clean sweep.

07/01/2017 10:30 AM AEDT | Updated 09/01/2017 8:09 AM AEDT
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Nathan Lyon of Australia appeals for a wicket of during day five of the Third Test match between Australia and Pakistan at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 7, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

What do you get when you put skilled bowlers, killer fielders, a man with golden locks on the Sydney Cricket Ground? A series clean sweep for Australia, that's what you get.

Australia has dominated the third Test against Pakistan to wrap up the third Commonwealth Bank Test on day five. You gotta feel for Pakistan, it's the first time in history they have lost six consecutive Tests.

The final wicket was taken by Hazlewood when he forced an edge from Imran Khan. He was caught by Jackson Bird, making it his fourth catch for the game, equalling the record. Well done champ.

Dave Warner was named player of the match for his batting mastery on day one, following it with a fifty.

Bob Hawke made a sneaky appearance, getting into the spirit of the day -- if you classify the rapid consumption of alcohol getting into the spirit -- proving nothing has changed in the years since he lead our nation.

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Australia edged closer to a series sweep as O'Keefe collects a wicket to remove Misbah. Shortly after Wahab was sent on his way when caught behind, off O'Keefe. It was given not out but the Aussies called for a review. Good choice. Like Khawaja's dab, the spike on the Snicko was subtle, but it was there.

Meanwhile, the crowd is loving Mickey Edwards golden curls. Who could blame them. It's hardly a day at the cricket without beauty banter.

Australian Fast bowler Mitchell Starc has continued the onslaught against Pakistan in the Third Test between the two countries at the SCG after the Lunch break.

Starc stepped up to the pitch following the break and cleanly bowled Asad Shafiq for 30 runs, leaving the Aussies chasing four more wickets for a 3-0 series sweep against the visitors.

Starc goes bang! #AUSvPAK pic.twitter.com/nHf6LPM7Nc

— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) January 7, 2017

Speed bowler Josh Hazlewood and spinner Nathan Lyon have taken to tearing through Pakistan's top order early on Day Five of the Third Test at the SCG on Friday with three quick wickets within the first hour at the start of play.

At stumps on Day Four, Pakistan were 1-55 requiring another 410 runs to secure victory, that was until Hazlewood stepped up to bowl and took a smooth catch to send Azhar Ali for just 11 runs.

You can check out the effort that left Australia chasing eight wickets for a 3-0 series sweep here.

Four overs later, Hazlewood was at it again with a delivery to Babar Azam at a score of 9 runs that bounced off of his front pad and was given for LBW, leaving Pakistan at 3-67.

Watch the second wicket of the morning below.

Spinner Nathan Lyon also joined in on the attack, looking dangerous while taking advantage of cracks that have began to appear on the pitch at the SCG.

With Pakistan at 4/82, Lyon struck with a massive wicket against the important Younus Khan after he skied a ball to Hazlewood in the deep field, leaving Australia chasing six further wickets to grab the win.

Lyon was the first to strike against the opposition late on Day Four following a David Warner catch that took the wicket of Sharjeel Khan and set the scene for the final day of play for the Third Test.

Spinner Steve O'Keefe also grabbed his second wicket of the Test with a delivery to Yasir Shah in the 43rd over that was caught in the slips by Jackson Bird, leaving the visitors at 5-96.

The NSW spinner was a late addition to the Australian Test side for the third match after taking 11 wickets in two Sheffield Shield matches this summer, with eight of those coming from the pitch at the SCG.

The day's play also comes after Aussie skipper Steve Smith became one of just four men to average 60-plus with the bat after 50 Test matches, joining cricketing legend Don Bradman and Englishmen Englishmen Herbert Sutcliffe and Jack Hobbs.

In other news, representatives of the old, conservative heart that is international Test cricket have exploded on social media overnight with criticism for Australian batsman Usman Khawaja after his 'dab' half-century celebration on Thursday.

Khawaja brought up his 8th Test fifty in a style that anyone outside of Generation-Y probably don't understand -- performing the popular 'dab' dance move, to the applause of the SCG crowd.

If you aren't familiar, let us get you up to speed. The 'dab' is an online viral trend that boomed in 2016 and has now be seen in videos, sports, crowds and live TV crosses everywhere. If you really don't know what it looks like, we'll let Usman fill you in below.

In a post-match day press conference, Aussie bowler Josh Hazlewood defended the move, to the frustration of many online.

"It's all good fun. He's just trying to do something different compared to everyone else. It's pretty funny," he said.

To all of those who enjoy sapping the fun out of the modern-day game of Test cricket, Khawaja had one message.

"If I get a hundred then it'll be a super dab but I guess we'll have to wait for that," he said.



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