Babar Azam runs give Pakistan huge positive from defeats, says Azhar Ali

  • Babar Azam runs give Pakistan huge positive from defeats, says Azhar Ali

Babar Azam runs give Pakistan huge positive from defeats, says Azhar Ali

Despite the decisive double demolition job, Pakistan's resistance in the second innings of both Tests have frustrated Australia's bowlers, and threatened to do so again on Monday, before Nathan Lyon (5-69) struck five times at one of his favourite hunting grounds.

Pakistan resumed day four of the day-night match on a precarious 39 for three with Masood not out 14 and Shafiq on eight after being bowled out for 302 in their first innings and forced to follow on.

Following their 2-0 series win over Pakistan at home, Australia strengthened their hold on the second spot in the ICC World Test Championship Table, but are still a fair way behind India who lead comfortably with 360 points.

Travis Head has joined one of the most freakish lists in cricket history, becoming just the third Australian to win a Test match without the effort of batting, bowling or taking a catch. "If you don't bowl good and in line they always score quickly and you have to field well", he said.

Azhar Ali insists the Test progress made by Babar Azam means Pakistan have a major positive to take out of their heavy series defeat to Australia.

"I'd like to congratulate Australia, they played wonderful cricket, especially David Warner for his triple hundred".

"We have been beaten by a better team". However, the ball went past the willow while taking a thick edge.

He had a near-miss off the bowling of Marnus Labuschagne on 33.

Shaheen Afridi became his fifth victim, caught at mid-off by Hazlewood on the last ball before dinner.

It capped another commanding victory for Australia who exploited Pakistan's inexperienced bowling attack, which includes two teenagers.

Any hopes of a rapid collapse were thwarted as Asad (57) carried on his merry way to his second half-century of the series, but Lyon brought about his end as well when he prodded a ball off his hip and into the hands of man of the match David Warner at leg slip.

Tougher opposition awaits them with the arrival this month of New Zealand for three Tests - in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.