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Australia Triumphs in Warner’s Farewell Test, Completes Whitewash

In a fitting farewell to David Warner, Australia clinched an eight-wicket victory over Pakistan in the third and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Saturday. This triumph marked a series whitewash for the home side, underlining their dominance in the series.

The fourth day of the Test was poised for Warner to make his final appearance in his 112th Test. The Australian opener did not disappoint, scoring a brisk 57 off 75 balls. His performance was instrumental in Australia’s successful chase of the modest target of 130 runs, providing a fairytale ending to Warner’s illustrious Test career.

Marnus Labuschagne also shone in the run-chase, remaining unbeaten on 62. He shared a crucial 119-run partnership with Warner for the second wicket, stabilizing the innings after the early loss of Usman Khawaja for a duck in the first over.

Pakistan’s Sajid Khan managed to claim the wickets of both Australian openers during the second innings, but it was not enough to prevent Australia’s victory.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan were bowled out for 115 in their second innings. Mohammad Rizwan and Aamer Jamal added a valuable 42 runs for the eighth wicket before Rizwan was caught at leg slip off Nathan Lyon for 28. Jamal was dismissed shortly after for 18, caught in the deep off Pat Cummins.

Despite Aamer Jamal’s impressive six-wicket haul for 69 runs, which gave Pakistan a slender 14-run lead at the start of their second innings, the visitors could not capitalize. Australia’s pace attack, led by Josh Hazlewood’s 4-16, swung the momentum towards the home side. Hazlewood’s three-wicket haul in the penultimate over of the day left Pakistan reeling at 68-7, leading by just 82 runs.

This loss extends Pakistan’s poor track record in Australia, with the team having lost 17 consecutive Tests since their last victory in 1995. Australia had already secured the series before the Sydney Test, following their victories in the first two Tests in Perth and Melbourne.

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