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Australia sweeps series against Pakistan

Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 9:02 [IST]
 
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Australia sweeps series against Pakistan

Melbourne: Australia wrapped up their 12th consecutive Test victory over Pakistan in the Hobart Test.

Australia completed a three-Test series clean sweep against Pakistan at the Bellerive Oval.

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Pakistan resumed on the final day at four for 103, chasing 438 for victory, and was bowled out for 206 after lunch.

Nathan Hauritz took three wickets, removing Khurrum Manzoor for 77. Peter Siddle also took three wickets. Manzoor proved the only real obstacle on day five of the Third Test in Hobart, The Age reports.

The Pakistanis' hopes of saving the third and final Test plunged when they awoke to clear skies in Hobart, but Manzoor fought hard to raise the third 50 of his Test career, which consumed 194 balls and over more than four hours.

Siddle earlier removed middle order batsman Shoaib Malik in the third over of the morning. Malik was on 19 when he pushed forward and Brad Haddin took a low, diving catch.

Hauritz, who is the leading wicket taker for the series, struck with his first ball and the victim was debutant Sarfraz Ahmed, who replaced wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal in the team for the final Test.

Ahmed edged to first slip, where the ball bounced off the boot of Michael Clarke before the Australian vice-captain grabbed the catch, reducing the tourists to 6-123.

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