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04-Jan-2017 06:00:00 GMT
Australia v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Sydney, day 2

Azhar, Younis revive Pakistan with fifties

Sydney: Pakistan were in early trouble after Australia called a halt to their massive first innings at 8-538 for eight on the second day of the third Test in Sydney on Wednesday.

At stumps, Pakistan were two for 126 with debutant Sharjeel Khan and Babar Azam dismissed in one Josh Hazlewood over.

Hazlewood had Sharjeel caught by Matt Renshaw at slip for four and four balls later Babar was leg before wicket for nought.

Younis Khan batting on 64 and Azhar Ali was on 58 at the stumps.

Earlier, Peter Handscomb joined in the Australian run spree as the third centurion before skipper Steve Smith declared.

It was Handscomb's second century in just four Tests to join David Warner (113) and Renshaw (184) in another huge Australia innings against the beleaguered tourists.

Handscomb was out in bizarre circumstances when he went back deep in his crease to cut Wahab Riaz only for his bat to dislodge the leg-bail and he was given out hit wicket for 110.

Handscomb, brought into the Australian team with Renshaw in a shake-up after the Hobart Test debacle against South Africa in November, batted for 205 balls in 319 minutes.

Matt Wade made 29 before he was caught sweeping Azhar and upon Mitchell Starc's dismissal for 16, skipper Smith called a halt, giving his bowlers 25 minutes at the Pakistan batsmen before tea.

Hilton Cartwright hit the highest score by an Australian number six this season with 37 before he was bowled by Imran Khan.

The Zimbabwe-born all-rounder, brought in for his Test debut at the expense of Nic Maddinson, looked solid during his 97-ball stay.

Brief scores
Australia -
8 for 538 dec (Renshaw 184, Warner 113, Handscomb 110, Wahab 3-89)
Pakistan - 2 for 126 (Younis 64*, Azhar 58*, Hazlewood 2-32)
Status - Pakistan trail by 412 runs


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