Australia close on series whitewash in Sydney

Pakistan scored 126/2, trailing Australia by 412 runs on the second day of the third Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground here on Wednesday.

He fought back from a terrible mix-up which led to the run-out of the team's leading scorer of the series, Azhar Ali, to spearhead the Pakistan fightback on a rain-affected day three.

After that Steve Smith (59 runs), Usman Khawaja (79 runs not out) and Peter Handscomb (40 runs not out) kept the runs flowing to help Australia reach 241-2 before they declared just after tea.

Confidence should not be an issue for Lyon, who starred in the Boxing Day Test and snagged three wickets at the SCG in Pakistan's first innings of 315.

It started with Warner, who became the first batsman in the history of the sport to post a century in the opening session of a test in Australia.

Pakistan finds itself in a similar situation to the Melbourne Test, faced with the prospect of surviving the final day to save the match.

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Coach Mickey Arthur urged veteran Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Thursday to continue playing despite a hard tour of Australia, saying he was an "integral" part of the team. "I think we should take the blame as a batting unit because the pitch was very good on the last day".

"I love to perform for my country, for my team and whenever my team needs me, it's a little bit late this time, but I am a proud Pakistani and at least I have made a hundred in Australia", said the veteran cricketer. His 205-ball knock was laced with nine boundaries.

The 20-year-old Renshaw's first century in his fourth Test came off 293 balls with 20 fours in 413 minutes. Renshaw also successfully overturned a leg before wicket decision to leg-spinner Yasir Shah on 137 when a review showed he had edged onto his pad.

Instead, Handscomb went on to score 54 on debut, tally 249 runs for the series so far, and has yet to be dismissed for less than his first-ever total.

While David Warner reinforced his status as a modern-day great with a historic century before lunch yesterday, Matthew Renshaw's unbeaten 167 announced him as the vice-captain's likely long-term partner.


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