Australia v Pakistan: Hosts close on series whitewash in Sydney

The 31-year-old Azhar was clearly disappointed to depart for 71 but might take comfort from the fact he had surpassed Mohsin Khan's 33-year-old record for a Pakistan batsman in a test series in Australia.

After setting a enormous total of 538 on board, the Aussie bowlers started defense on a bright note, picking up the wickets of Sharjeel Khan and Babar Azam for cheap.

He was dismissed soon after in freaky circumstances when his bat grazed the leg stump and dislodged the bail while attempting to cut a Wahab Riaz (3-89) delivery, and was out hit wicket. In the 15 minutes to the tea interval, Hazlewood had an impact, though debutant Sharjeel Khan's technique was questionable to say the least, as he waved his bat at Hazlewood to be taken at slip. Opener Azhar Ali (58) and Yunis Khan (64) were at the crease when umpires called off the day's play. Handscomb's ton came off 195 balls with nine boundaries.

Renshaw's epic knock ended inside the first half-hour Wednesday when he played paceman Imran Khan on to his stumps.

Pakistan made a terrible start in response, losing two quick wickets, but the tourists composed themselves to end the day 126-2 at stumps, still 412 runs adrift in their bid to avoid a series whitewash.

It was his 18th test hundred and third at the SCG, following centuries against India (101) in 2015 and the West Indies (122 not out) past year.

The Zimbabwe-born all-rounder, brought in for his Test debut at the expense of Nic Maddinson, looked solid during his 97-ball stay which eclipsed the previous highest of 26 by Mitchell Marsh against South Africa in Perth in November. 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.

Warner backed up his record-breaking hundred on day with a 23-ball fifty as Australia chased quick runs in the afternoon session of the third Test against Pakistan.

"Yasir has a (left) hamstring strain". I think I am not the greatest ever.

"There was a lot of concern", Warner said.

That is exactly what they got when David Warner went berserk once again.

  • Angelo Rivera