Australia clinched the 2-match Test series against Pakistan with their second straight win by an innings margin. In the D/N Test hosted by the Adelaide Oval, David Warner scored an unbeaten 335 and was well supported by Marnus Labuschagne (162). The home team declared their innings on 589/3 which was well enough to seal a victory. Pakistan were bowled out for 302 in their first innings despite Yasir Shah (113) and Babar Azam (97) starring with the bat. In the second essay, the visiting team could only make 239 and lost the game by an innings and 48 runs.
All the statistical highlights from Australia’s yet another home Test series win against Pakistan:
Pakistan’s record losing streak:
14 – Pakistan has lost all the 14 Test matches they played on the Australian soil since the start of 1999. Last time they managed to avoid a Test defeat in Australia was back in 1995 where they beat the Aussies by 74 runs at the SCG. This is the longest losing streak for a team in any country in Test cricket. The previous longest streak is Bangladesh’s 13 consecutive Test defeats in Bangladesh between 2001 and 2004.
2007 – Pakistan now has lost each of their last three Test series – 0-2 vs Australia in 2019/20, 0-3 vs South Africa and 1-2 against New Zealand during 2018/19. The last instance of Pakistan losing three straight series in the Test format was in 2007.
Australia’s 100% record:
6-0 – Australia has won all the six day-night Test matches they played thus far. Four of those six victories came at the Adelaide Oval while the other two at the Gabba.
3 – Number of wickets lost by Australia in this Test match; the fewest they lost in a Test victory. Their previous fewest was four wickets on nine occasions.
A Warner special:
1 – David Warner’s unbeaten 335 is the first triple century ever in Test cricket at the Adelaide Oval.
489 – Runs David Warner has aggregated in this series; the 2nd most by any player in a Test series where they batted no more than two innings. Wally Hammond aggregated 563 runs during England’s Test series in 1993 against New Zealand.
The specialist player:
3 – Travis Head became only the 3rd player to be part of winning side in a Test match for Australia without batting, without bowling and without making any field dismissals. Bill Johnston was part of Australia’s wins in Georgetown and Kingston during the 1955 tour of West Indies without any contribution.
Johnston suffered a knee injury in those two matches which turned out to be his career’s last two Tests. Later in the 1993 Lord’s Test win, Craig McDermott was ruled out of the game on the first day due to abdominal pains which required surgery.
Smith becomes fastest to 7000:
126 – Steve Smith needed 126 innings to complete 7000 runs in Test cricket which makes him the quickest to the milestone. The previous fastest to 7000 Test runs was Wally Hammond of England in 131 innings.
End of Smith’s Test streak:
1 – For the first time in his Test career, Steve Smith missed out on recording a fifty-plus score in a series. Smith had at least one fifty-plus score in each of his previous 21 series in Test cricket. Only Marcus Trescothick had a fifty-plus score in more consecutive Test series from debut as he had recorded at least one score in excess of fifty in all the 23 Test series he featured in.
Lyon @ 50:
50 – Nathan Lyon became only the 2nd player to claim 50 wickets in Test matches at the Adelaide Oval. He has picked up 50 wickets in nine Test matches at this venue thus far. Shane Warne, with 56 wickets, was the first player to bag 50 Test wickets in Adelaide.
Yasir gets a Test hundred:
2006 – The last Pakistan player before Yasir Shah to score a Test century while batting at No.8 or a lower position was Kamran Akmal back in 2006. The keeper-batsman scored 113 in Pakistan’s first innings of the Karachi Test against India.
197 – Runs Yasir Shah conceded in Australia’s first innings; the 3rd most conceded by any player in a Test where they scored a hundred. Gary Sobers scored 110 in West Indies’ first innings before conceding 213 runs (106 & 107) in the 1969 Adelaide Test match. Paul Strang gave away 212 runs in Pakistan’s first innings during the 1996 Sheikhupura Test after he scored an unbeaten 106 in Zimbabwe’s first innings.
Azhar Ali @ 1000:
1000 – Azhar Ali has aggregated 1000 runs in Test cricket against Australia; the 6th Pakistan player to amass 1000 Test runs against Australia. Azhar needed 18 runs to reach the milestone before this Test and he scored 9 runs apiece in the two innings.
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