8 Jan 2017

Australia sweep Pakistan 3-0

8:26 am on 8 January 2017

The Australian cricketers are riding high after Nathan Lyon and Steve O'Keefe spun them to a 3-0 clean sweep of Pakistan in their final Test in Sydney.

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon.

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Pakistan resumed at 55 for one on day five of the third Test, having been set a target of 465 following Australia's declaration on day four, but were dismissed 220 runs short.

It's the home side's fourth straight Test win, but captain Steve Smith knows an otherworldly challenge awaits.

Smith said he's thrilled his team extended a turnaround that started in the wake of a five-Test losing streak against South Africa, lead by spinners Lyon and O'Keefe

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"They did a great job bowling together," Smith said.

"They spin the ball different ways, so you can use them to certain batters and with certain conditions."

But he said their four-Test tour of India next month presents a whole new challenge, with India coming off easy Test series victories against New Zealand and England.

"It's a completely different place," Smith said.

"Playing on those wickets is nothing like playing on wickets in Australia. Guys are going to have to adapt quickly.

"We're under no illusions it's going to be tough.

"The core of this group will take part in India, a few of us have been there before and we know it's an extremely difficult."

Smith is one of few players remaining in the XI from Australia's most recent Test tour of India, a 4-0 loss in 2013.

Australia have won just one of their past nine Test series in India.

David Warner was named man of the match in Sydney, having rewritten the record books with a pre-lunch 100 on day one of the Test and then a 23-ball half-century on day four.

- AAP, RNZ