Statistical Review: Australia vs Pakistan – Test series
At the end of the 3-match Test series between the hosts Australia and the visitors Pakistan, the side from sub-continent suffered a whitewash as Australia won this Test series 3-0.
Australia won the first Test at Brisbane by 39 runs while the host sides clinched an impressive victory in the Boxing Day Test (2nd Test of the series) at Melbourne by an innings 18 runs.
Australia completed a clean-sweep beating Pakistan by 220 runs in the 3rd and final Test at Sydney.
Here are some important statistical highlights of the Test series:
- On the day 4 of the first Test, Pakistan’s no.6 batsman Asad Shafiq hit an impressive Test century in the 4th innings. It was Shafiq’s 9th Test century and all of these had come as a no.6 batsman. It is the highest no. of Test centuries by a no. 6 batsman. With this century, Shafiq surpassed the previous record holder Sir Garry Sobers who had hit 8 Test centuries as a no.6 batsman.
- During the second Test, Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali scored unbeaten 205 runs in the first innings. It was the first double-hundred by a Pakistan batsman on the Australian soil.
- On the day 4 of the third Test, Australian opening batsman David Warner (55) slammed a breezy half-century off just 23 balls. It is the 2nd fastest (by balls faced) Test half-century by a batsman. The fastest Test half-century (by balls faced) belong to Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan) who score a fifty off just 21 balls against Australia at Abu Dhabi in 2014.
- Australian skipper Steven Smith scored 441 runs (3 matches, 5 innings) in this Test series. It is now the second most runs scored by an Australian batsman in a home Test series against Pakistan. The record holder here is Graham Yallop (554 runs in 5 matches, 6 innings) during 1983/84 Test series.
Also, it (Steven Smith’s 441 runs in this Test series) is the second most runs scored by an Australian skipper in a Test series against Pakistan. The record holder in this category is Mark Taylor with 513 runs (3 matches, 5 innings) during Pakistan tour in 1998.
- Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah conceded a total of 672 runs in this Test series which is the second most runs conceded by a bowler in a Test series playing 3 or fewer matches. A bowler who is on top in this list is Anil Kumble (3 Tests, 6 innings) with 710 runs (India tour of Australia in 2003/04; 4-match Test series).
- Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali scored 406 runs (3 matches, 6 innings) in this Test series. He now becomes the batsman with most runs scored by a Pakistan b in a Test series on the Australian soil. The previous best was 390 runs (5 matches, 9 innings) by Mohsin Khan during 1983/84 Test series.
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