Warner 23-ball fifty powers Australia again

Pakistan 315 (Younis 175*, Azhar 71, Hazlewood 4-55) trail Australia 8 for 538 dec by 223 runs
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Younis Khan extended Australia’s hard work after another rain delay © Getty Images

Younis Khan’s terrific innings dissuaded Australia’s captain Steven Smith from enforcing the follow-on as Pakistan tallied 315 on another rain-interrupted day of the SCG Test.

The entirety of the first session was lost for the second time in as many days, leaving a minimum 68 overs to be bowled on day four and a further 98 on day five.

Younis had a willing ally in Yasir Shah, who lasted more than an hour to ensure Smith needed to call upon Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood more than he would have preferred if he were to send Pakistan back in. Hazlewood finished an exemplary display with four wickets, the last of which a sharp reverse swinger to bowl Imran Khan for a duck.

Australia had one glimmer of hope to end Pakistan’s innings quickly when play got under way, as Starc coaxed an outside edge from Younis’ bat. However, Matthew Wade, back on the field having missed most of day three due to illness, was unable to hold onto the edge as he dived to his right.

By the time Hazlewood found Yasir’s edge, 44 runs had been wiped off the deficit and Younis had gone well past 150, meaning Australia would bat again. They will be without Matt Renshaw, ruled out of the match due to the symptoms of concussion after being struck twice in the helmet in the first three days.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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