With this 3-0 sweep by Australia in Australia, this is the final record for Tests between the two countries:
What is more important is that Pakistan has lost 3-0 in 4 successive test series in Australia, namely in:
In between, on neutral venues Australia won 3-0 in SL and UAE in 2002-03, drew 1-1 in England in 2010, and Pakistan won 2-0 in UAE in 2014-15. No matches were drawn in these series.
We now look at the statistics for individual players:
Most runs (750 and above):
The first few places are predictable. Miandad, Border, Greg Chappell and Ijaz Ahmed scored 6 centuries apiece. The most 50+ scores were 14 by Border and Zaheer Abbas. followed by 13 by Miandad. Current players in this list include Younis Khan and Azhar Ali.
Highest scores (160 and above):
Among current players there are Azhar Ali, MT Renshaw, Younis Khan and SPD Smith.
Azhar Ali’s 205* is the highest for Pakistan in Australia, surpassing Majid Khan’s 158 in Melbourne in 1972-73. Younis Khan with 175* also surpassed this later in the series.
Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, complete list):
Interesting that Mark Taylor has a much higher average than the second-placed Ponting. Younis Khan is the only current player who has played 20 innings. He has the highest average among Pakistani players. This list goes down to McGrath and his likes with single-figure averages. Wasim Bari has a surprisingly low average.
Now for bowling performances:
Most wickets (20 and above):
The first few are predictable. Mohammed Amir and Yasir Shah are the only current players here.
The most fivers were by Warne (6) and Lillee (5).
The most tenners were also by Warne (2).
The best innings bowling (including all hauls of 7 or more wickets):
None from the recent past. The table is headed by Sarfraz Nawaz’s freak performance in 1978-79, where his spell of 7 for 1 reduced Australia from 305/3 to 310 and defeat.
Best match bowling (including all hauls of 9 wickets and above):
Again, nothing from recent years. Fazal Mahmood’s record 13-114 in the first Test between these teams has remained a record since 1956, while Imran’s 12-165 in 1977 brought Pakistan it’s first victory in Australia.
Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls bowled, all instances):
Fairly predictable, with no one from recent years.
It can also be seen that the best economy rates were 2.23 by Tauseef Ahmed, 2.25 by Iqbal Qasim and 2.40 by Imran. The best strike rates were 45.0 by Warne, 47.9 by McGrath and 59.8 by Wasim Akram.
To be continued.