Innings Australia 8 for 624 dec (Smith 165*, Warner 144, Khawaja 97) lead Pakistan 9 for 443 dec by 181 runs
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Steven Smith hit 13 fours and a six during his 165 not out © Cricket Australia/Getty Images
Australia’s captain Steven Smith pushed the hosts to a 181-run lead over Pakistan before declaring in search of victory on the final day of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG.
Smith was aided by a rapid-fire innings from Mitchell Starc, which quickly built Australia’s lead and leaving Pakistan to survive a minimum 70 overs to secure a draw.
Much of Pakistan’s bowling and fielding was lacklustre, personified by Sohail Khan’s wretched drop of Starc at long-off. Sohail finished with three wickets but was one of four expensive bowlers on what remains the flattest of pitches.
So quickly did Smith and Starc score that the home captain had the luxury of declaring before the interval, meaning the visiting openers must now survive two bursts of the new ball either side of lunch.
Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig
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