McGrath spurs Aussies to series clean sweep

Published: Sunday, November 28, 1999, 5:30 [IST]
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Perth: Australia, spurred by a vintage performance from Glenn McGrath, completed a 3-0 series clean sweep over Pakistan with victory by an innings and 20 runs in the third and final test today.

Pakistan, 296 behind on first innings, were bowled out in their second innings for 276 before tea on the third day, giving Australia their first series whitewash against Pakistan in 27 years.

McGrath finished with four for 49 after an inspired display on a typically bouncy Waca pitch. The lanky strike bowler has been below his best in this series but produced a high-class piece of bowling here to seal Australia's win.

He dispatched Inzamam-ul-Haq (8) and Yousuf Youhana (0) before lunch, then added the scalp of Moin Khan (26), having dismissed Wajahatullah Wasti yesterday.

The only Pakistanis to offer any real resistance were their number three Ijaz Ahmed, who scored a defiant 115, and captain Wasim Akram, who made 52 from just 40 balls.

Ijaz, who also scored 82 in the second test in Hobart, reached his 12th test century and his sixth against Australia off just 138 balls.

Ijaz played a powerful innings as his team mates fell by the wayside. He scored freely on the lightening-fast outfield before being caught by Michael Slater in the deep after a mis-timed pull off Michael Kasprowicz with the total 230.

Akram made his seventh test half-century with a typically carefree display, hitting nine boundaries in his 71-minute innings before he skied a catch to McGrath off Kasprowicz.

Kasprowicz, playing his first test in over a year, picked up three late wickets to finish with seven for the match.


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