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Thursday, Dec 12, 2019

Australia vs Pakistan: Michael Vaughan names ‘only’ team which can beat Aus on home soil

Aus vs Pak: It was Australia’s sixth consecutive win in a pink ball Test -- four of them at Adelaide -- with every day-night Test played so far since the concept was introduced in 2015 producing a result.

cricket Updated: Dec 03, 2019 09:16 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
England skipper Joe Root, India captain Virat Kohli and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson (L-R).
England skipper Joe Root, India captain Virat Kohli and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson (L-R).(Reuters, AP and AP)
         

After Australia crushed Pakistan by an innings and 48 runs in second Test at Adelaide Oval, former England captain Michael Vaughan made a big claim that only India are capable of getting the better of Aussies on home soil. Tim Paine and his troops recorded a comprehensive victory in the pink ball Test to win the series 2-0. Following this emphatic victory, Vaughan stated Australia are a very tough nut to crack on home conditions and only Virat Kohli’s team can get the better of them Down Under.

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Vaughan took to social media to express his thoughts and his Twitter post read: “This Australian Team in these conditions are going to take some beating ... Only @BCCI #India have the tools to do so at this stage imo ... #AUSvPAK.” 

Earlier this year, India recorded their first ever Test series win in Australia when they edged a 2-1 series win Down Under. But fans were quick to point out that the Australian team were missing stalwarts Steve Smith and David Warner who were serving their respective one-year bans for their part in infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.  

Australia continued their good run on home soil as they thumped Pakistan by an innings and 48 runs to complete a series whitewash. Pakistan resumed day four of the day-night match on a precarious 39 for three with Masood not out 14 and Shafiq on eight after being bowled out for 302 in their first innings and forced to follow on.

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It followed Australia’s mammoth 589 for three declared, built around David Warner’s exceptional 335 not out -- the 10th highest Test score of all time.

Needing another 248 to force Australia to bat again and avoid a second successive innings defeat, they had a decent crack but were eventually all out for 239 with the home team claiming victory by an innings and 48 runs.

It was Australia’s sixth consecutive win in a pink ball Test -- four of them at Adelaide -- with every day-night Test played so far since the concept was introduced in 2015 producing a result.