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Sport Aussie talking points from Pakistan series

23:17  02 december  2019
23:17  02 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

Azam leads the resistance but Australia on top at lunch

  Azam leads the resistance but Australia on top at lunch Babar Azam was fighting a lone rearguard action on day four of the first Test against Australia as the home side tightened the screws in the opening session in Brisbane on Sunday. At lunch on the fourth day, Pakistan were 144 for five in their second innings, still 196 runs from making Australia bat again.

Talking points from Australia vs Pakistan Second Test, day one. The wheels are falling off Pakistan ’s entire campaign with Aussie legend Shane Warne spotting damning evidence David Warner had a nightmare Ashes series where he became Stuart Broad’s bunny and scored just 95 runs in 10 innings.

Cricket: Australian speedster, Mitchell Starc has steamrolled Pakistan on Day Three of the Adelaide Test. Australia is just seven wickets away from wrapping up a dominant 2-0 series sweep of Pakistan after Here are all the talking points from another day of drama at the Adelaide Oval.

Australia's batsman David Warner celebrates reaching his triple century (300 runs) during the day two of the second cricket Test match between Australia and Pakistan in Adelaide on November 30, 2019. (Photo by William WEST / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images) Australia's batsman David Warner celebrates reaching his triple century (300 runs) during the day two of the second cricket Test match between Australia and Pakistan in Adelaide on November 30, 2019. (Photo by William WEST / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images) KEY TALKING POINTS OUT OF AUSTRALIA'S SERIES WIN OVER PAKISTAN

DAVID WARNER RISES FROM THE ASHES

It's hard to believe questions were being asked about David Warner's place in the Test team a month ago. The left-hander recovered from his 95 runs in five Ashes Tests to average 489 for the Pakistan series - the third highest of any player in Test history. Set the tone with 154 in Brisbane before he was denied a shot at a world record when Tim Paine declared with him on 335no in Adelaide. He'll carry that confidence into a series against a New Zealand attack known for swinging the ball.

Healy's cheeky crack at Pakistan teen's age

  Healy's cheeky crack at Pakistan teen's age Former Australian Test cricketer Ian Healy had a cheeky crack at Pakistan bowler and Test debutant Naseem Shah.The 16-year-old has been hyped as one of the best emerging talents from Pakistan in years, however earlier this week an Indian publication drew attention to the debate over Shah's age, accusing the quick of "(growing) younger by the day".

Pakistan 's bowling attack appears clueless in front of Australia. Here are three talking points from a humiliating day one for Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval. 1. Selection of Musa Khan lays bare issues in Pakistan ’s think-tank: What do you do when you have a young pacer who had his breakthrough

Aussie captain Tim Paine has come under fire from across the cricket world after his stunning decision to declare Australia’s innings with David Warner stranded not out on 335. Cricket legends, including Aussie test great Brett Lee, have questioned Paine’s decision to put Pakistan in before the dinner

NATHAN LYON STILL HAS IT

Slight concerns were being raised of Nathan Lyon after quiet end to the Ashes and just two wickets in Brisbane. Like David Warner, he shut those down quickly. His five-wicket haul in the second innings in Adelaide was the 16th of his career as he finished off Pakistan on day four. Australia will need more of the same from him against New Zealand.

MITCHELL STARC HAS HIS MOJO BACK

Mitchell Starc's absence in the Ashes was one of the key talking points but he finished the Pakistan series as the leading wicket-taker after earning a recall at home. With a slight change to his load-up in his action, Starc appears to have found a nice balance between control and pace. He took 14 wickets at 17 against the tourists, highlighted by his 6-66 in Adelaide.

Marsh Cup 2019: Shaun Marsh century hands Western Australia unprecedented 14th domestic one-day title

  Marsh Cup 2019: Shaun Marsh century hands Western Australia unprecedented 14th domestic one-day title Western Australia's Shaun Marsh has scored a beautiful unbeaten century to hand his side the Marsh One Day Cup with a four-wicket win in the final against Queensland. After the Bulls posted a below-par total of 205, it was WA's game to lose and the veteran made sure that wouldn't be the case.The man of the match in Marsh scored 101* off 132 balls as they chased down the total with relative ease after losing a couple of early wickets. Player of the Match is none other than Shaun Marsh! #MarshCup pic.twitter.com/WtUZIoMD8M— cricket.com.

Here are all the top talking points from Australia’s 39-run win in the series opener against Pakistan . Former Aussie limited overs bowler Dirk Nannes says the workload of strike pair Josh Hazlewood (42 overs) and Mitchell Starc (38 overs) after bowling 80 overs between them in the fourth

Here are three talking points from the third day’s play as Pakistan lost seven wickets across two innings after being forced to follow on. As things stand, he has the best batting average of any player in the side this series at 60.33, while also having the worst bowling average of any player in the side

STEVE SMITH IS HUMAN AFTER ALL

Before the summer started one of the key statistics about Steve Smith was the fact he's never gone more than two Tests without a half-century. If he misses out in Perth against New Zealand, that will be broken. Smith's series average of 20 was the lowest of his Test career, but it could hardly be taken with any real weight considering he came to the wicket at 2-351 and 2-369 in his two innings.

HAS AUSTRALIA FOUND A NO.3?

Marnus Labuschagne looks the answer. The Queenslander became the first Australian to back up his maiden Test ton with another one in the next innings since Phillip Hughes in 2009. Has already shown he has the fight to get through the tough periods after his Ashes series in England and then got the monkey off his back by converting a half-century into a hundred in Brisbane.

NEW ZEALAND TEST AWAITS

Australia's biggest challenge of the summer will arrive in next Thursday's first Test against Pakistan. The Black Caps are ranked No.2 in the world and have not lost a Test series since March 2017. They have been triumphant in a series just once in Australia in 1985-86, but arrive for the three-Test series with some serious threats. Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham are top-shelf batsmen and Neil Wagner is one of the best quicks in the world.

Suranga Lakmal contracts dengue fever, withdraws from Sri Lanka squad .
Sri Lanka will travel to Pakistan for two Test matches without pace bowler Suranga Lakmal after he fell ill.The fast bowler will not travel with his team-mates on Sunday and has been replaced by Asitha Fernando.

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