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Monday, January 18, 2010

Australia 3 Pakistan 0

Australia 8/519 & 5/219 defeated Pakistan 301 & 206 (86.2 ov, Khurram Manzoor 77) by 231 runs T3 D5 at Hobart. Australia won series 3-0.

Pakistan resisted today for another 50 overs, selling their last 6 wickets dearly though nowhere near expensively enough to cause Australia much concern. Khurram Manzoor was particularly obdurate: his 77/239b (8x4) kept the game going beyond the lunch interval, when a little of the forecast rain fell, into the afternoon session. For the victors Peter Siddle 15.7-7-25-3 gained some reward at last for this season's Test labours while Nathan Hauritz 17-6-30-3 continued his good form.

This series, for all the excitement of the second Test, was disappointing. Pakistan, as they always seem to do when they tour here, failed to demonstrate a large chunk of their undoubted potential. Australia were clearly the better side but I doubt whether they were extended by their opponents' shortcomings. In other words, they need tougher opposition. England, next summer's tourists, should, despite their series loss in South Africa, provide this whether New Zealand in NZ or Pakistan again in England will, I doubt.


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