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Green shirts fail at Sydney Cricket Ground as Australia wins third Test

SYDNEY: Australia on Saturday clinched a series clean sweep with an emphatic 220-run win over Pakistan in the third Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Green shirts failed to chase the 465 runs target and were all out shortly before tea on the final day for 244.

It was Pakistan’s 12th straight defeat since their last Test win here 22 years ago. Australia completed a series clean sweep after a 39-run win at the Gabba and an innings and 18-run victory in Melbourne.

Limited overs skipper Sarfraz Ahmed topscored with a fighting unbeaten 72 off 70 balls while Australia’s David Warner was named man of the match for his scintillating hundred.

Azhar Ali finished as the highest Pakistan run-scorer in a series in Australia with 406 at 81.20.

The history maker batsman Younis Khan missed out on becoming the first Pakistan batsman to reach 10,000 Test runs when he was caught in the deep off spinner Nathan Lyon for 13.

Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq resisted for 98 balls before he went after O’Keefe and skied to the safe hands of Lyon at mid-off for 38 – his highest score of a struggling series. He was given a generous ovation as he left the SCG.

Pakistan will tour the West Indies for a four-match series in April.



Yasir, Wahab in, Shahzad out as PCB announced test squad against Sri Lanka

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq today announced a 16-member squad for the series against Sri Lanka.

Fast bowler Wahab Riaz and leg-spinner Yasir Shah have been added back to the team for the series that starts on September 28.

The right arm spinner made it to the team after passing a fitness test.

Meanwhile, batsman Ahmed Shehzad and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan have been dropped from the test squad.

The first test of the two-match series will be played at Abu Dhabi from 28th September till 2nd October while the second and final game will be played at Dubai from October 6th till October 10th.

Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Wahab Riaz

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PCB bans Khalid Latif for five years in PSL spot fixing case

LAHORE: Khalid Latif, the batsman who was sent back from Dubai to Lahore during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) over spot-fixing allegations, is now banned for five years from the cricket.

According to a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official, the board’s anti-corruption tribunal announced the verdict after hearing the case and pleas made by Latif.

The tribunal also imposed Rs1 million fine on the right-handed top-order batsman.

“There will be no leniency for him,” said the official.

The 31-year-old was facing six charges including that of persuading three other cricketers — Mohammad Irfan, Shahzaib Hasan and Sharjeel Khan — to get involved in spot-fixing in the second edition of the PSL.

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Hashim Amla says he wants to play PSL 3

CAPE TOWN: The South African batsman Hashim Amla has expressed his interest to play the Pakistan Super League (PSL)’s third edition.

Amla, who recently participated in the Independence Cup as a part of the World XI squad, said that he will be busy playing Test cricket for his national side during the next PSL.

However, he said that he will definitely play the tournament if he is free.

The 34-year-old hailed the security arrangements made by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) during the World XI tour, and said the step taken by PCB to revive international cricket in the country is commendable.

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