David Warner scores second fastest fifty in Test cricket

Australia declared its first inning at 538 for the loss of 8 wickets.

Nathan Lyon (1-27) snared the wicket of Sharjeel Khan had made a rapid 40, thanks to a sharp David Warner catch. "The wicket's still pretty good, but I think there's enough there to create nine more chances".

Warner, who had hit a century before lunch on the first day, opened with Usman Khawaja (79 not out), after fellow first-innings centurion Matt Renshaw was withdrawn from the remainder of the Test because of concussion.

Pakistan have staged a late fightback on day two of third and final Test against Australia though the odds are firmly in the hosts' favour of securing a series whitewash.

The left-hander was unable to add to his tally of 17 fours before being caught behind off Wahab Riaz for 113 soon after lunch but Renshaw, playing his fourth Test, proved more than capable of taking up the mantle.

Pakistan were dealt with a blow when they found out their fast bowler Mohammad Aamer could will not take any further part in the match due to a side strain.

The last time a batsman older than Younis, 39, scored a century in Australia was in 1984 when Clive Lloyd hit a ton, at the age of 40 in Brisbane.

The second over of the day saw Younis Khan (175 not out) dropped by Wade and the veteran batsman got to his 150 with a six.

Pakistan's Younus Khan notched his 34th test century but Australia had reduced the tourists to 271 for eight, still 68 runs short of avoiding the follow-on, at close of play on the rain-disrupted third day of the third test on Thursday. He became the only Australian player after Herbie Collins to have scored 50-plus score in at least one innings in the first four Test matches.

It's an extraordinary start to a Test career that no other Australian has enjoyed in nearly 100 years, but to Peter Handscomb, it nearly never was.

"When I leave the field and ultimately retire this is my wish (that) they all remember me like "he is a fighter and he played hardest for his country and his team mates". Neither Handscomb nor Pakistan players realised that he had dislodged the bails.

He also shares a record of six double centuries with the great Javed Miandad.

  • Stacy Allen