7 Jan 2017

Australia on verge of Test clean sweep

9:47 am on 7 January 2017

The Australian cricketers are on the verge of a 3-0 Test series clean sweep against Pakistan in Sydney, with the visitors 55 for 1 at stumps on the fourth day - still 410 runs short of the target set by the home side.

David Warner scored the second fastest half century in test history to help Australia to a total of 241 for 2, with the hosts declaring shortly after tea,

David Warner

David Warner Photo: Photosport

Rain again disrupted play, with opening session washed out for the second day in a row, before Younus Khan completed an imperious 175 not out before running out of partners as Pakistan were dismissed for 315.

When Australia went in to bat Warner needed just 23 balls to score his half century - two more than the record set by Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq against the Australians in Abu Dhabi in 2014.

Steve Smith (59), Usman Khawaja (79 not out) and Peter Handscomb (40 not out) also poured on the runs after Warner was dismissed for 55 off 27 deliveries.

Pakistan's in-form opener Azhar Ali, who had made 11 not out, and nightwatchman Yasir Shah, unbeaten on three, will attempt to bat as long as possible when they resume at the crease this afternoon

- Reuters