David Warner is now the record holder for the fastest Test fifty by an Australian    Getty Images
David Warner is now the record holder for the fastest Test fifty by an Australian Getty Images

David Warner s record-breaking fifty put Australia in command at tea on Day Four of the third Test after Pakistan were bowled out for 315 earlier at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Australia ended the session on 117 for 1 and have a lead of 340 runs. Warner recorded the second fastest fifty in Test history when he got to the milestone in just 23 balls, just behind Misbah-ul-Haq, who scored a half-century off 21 deliveries against Australia in 2014. Warner was eventually dismissed for 27-ball 55 after Wahab Riaz got rid of him for the second time in the match. Usman Khawaja opened the innings with Warner as Matt Renshaw had to be withdrawn for the remainder of the Test due to concussion.

Khawaja did not match Warner shot for shot. He was happy to get his eye in and give the strike to Warner whenever possible. Earlier, Younis Khan scored an excellent magnificent 175 not out to ensure Pakistan got close to avoiding the follow-on. They eventually fell short by 25 runs, giving Australia a 224-run first innings lead. Younis is now just 36 runs away from becoming the first Pakistan batsman to score 10,000 runs. He has a chance to achieve that in the second innings of this Test.

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Once again, the first session of the day was washed away due to rain and wet outfield. An early lunch was taken and the play finally began in the final session. A total of 68 overs are scheduled to be bowled today. Yasir and Younis put on 51 for the ninth wicket, that took Pakistan s score past the 300-run mark. But Josh Hazlewood picked up 2 wickets in 3 balls to finish with 4 wickets in the innings. Matthew Wade took the field today after missing Day Three due to illness. Peter Handscomb, as a result, had taken over the wicketkeeping gloves from Wade.

Australia on Day Two had declared on 538 for 8, after winning the toss and electing to bat first, with Renshaw, Warner and Handscomb all scoring centuries. Australia have already won the three-match series with wins at Brisbane and then at Melbourne. If Pakistan lose this match, this will be their sixth loss on the bounce.

Brief scores:

Australia 538 for 8 decl. (Matt Renshaw 184, David Warner 113, Peter Handscomb 110; Wahab Riaz 3 for 89, Azhar Ali 2 for 70) & 117 for 1 (David Warner 55, Usman Khawaja 30*; Wahab Riaz 1 for 18) lead Pakistan 315 (Azhar Ali 71, Younis Khan 175*; Josh Hazlewood 4 for 55, Nathan Lyon 3 for 115) by 340 runs