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Oz make clean sweep

cricket Updated: Jan 18, 2010 23:12 IST

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As expected, Australia knocked off the remaining six Pakistan wickets without much fuss to wrap up the Test and series 3-0. With this victory, Australia registered their 12th consecutive win over Pakistan, a record they now hold jointly with Sri Lanka, who holds the same record against Bangladesh.

Pakistan, on Sunday, must have hit the bed praying for the rain on the final day to avert a clean sweep. The rain did come, but only in a light drizzle during the lunch break, not enough to alter the course of the match.

For Pakistan, the only semblance of resistance came from Khurram Manzoor, who hit a fighting half-century. He shared a 66-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Mohammed Aameer, but that held back the Australian charge only for a while. Manzoor stood firmly amidst the ruins, but edged Nathan Hauritz while attempting a slash to offer a catch to the wicketkeeper.

The rest of the Pakistan batsmen fell like ninepins, offering little resistance. Hauritz had Umar Gul caught at slip by Michael Clarke for a duck, before Mohammad Asif (0) was bowled by Mitchell Johnson. Siddle, who finished with 3 for 25, wrapped up the victory with the second new ball when Danish Kaneria played on for 1.

In the morning, Australia began confidently and removed Shoaib Malik after he had added just one run to his overnight score. That exposed the lower-order and Australia wasted little time in wrapping up the match to register a comprehensive series win.

Meanwhile, Yousuf described Australia as the best Test team in the world. “Yes, Australia is the best team, because they're a good side with all good players. If you see the statistics, they have good batting averages, good bowling averages and the wicketkeeper averages nearly 40 (runs).”