Pat Cummins-led Australian Test side move up on the top of the points table in the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23 cycle after their historic 1-0 Test series win in Pakistan.
On Friday, Australia thumped hosts Pakistan by 115 runs to win the final Test match and seal the three-match Test series 1-0 at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore. Australia were required to pick 10 wickets on the final day of the series-decider as Pakistan openers Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique started the day with 73/0 in their quest of 351 to win the game.
Australian all-rounder Cameron Green got the breakthrough in the early part of the day as he got Shafique caught behind the wickets. Azhar Ali made efforts to stretch the role of Shafique along with Imam in their partnership, which didn’t last long.
ICC World Test Championship 2021-23: Australia leads the charts after 1-0 series win against Pakistan
Australian bowlers Nathan Lyon (5/83) and Pat Cummins (3/23) ran through Pakistan’s batting order in the final session of the day as the hosts were bowled out for 235 despite skipper Babar Azam’s 104-ball 55.
Australia complete third Test series win in Pakistan
This was the Australian side’s first visit to Pakistan in 24 years and eventually, they started their historic tour with a monumental Test series win over the Asian powerhouse. This is Australia’s third Test series win in Pakistan, before this they won under the leadership of Richie Benaud (2-0 in 1959/60) and Mark Taylor (1-0 in 1998/99).
Australia have not lost a single Test so far in the ongoing WTC cycle, the Pat Cummins-led side continued their brilliance in the subcontinent after thrashing England 4-0 Down Under earlier this year. Australia leads the charts with 72 points and a win percentage of 75.0.
Meanwhile, Pakistan suffered their second loss after going down to West Indies last year in Jamaica. However, Babar Azam and his men sit second on the points table with 44 points and a win percentage of 52.38.
Australia and Pakistan will engage in a three-match ODI series, which starts on March 29 in Lahore.