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Australia vs Pakistan 2017: 3rd Test, Day 3: 5 talking points

Australia v Pakistan - 3rd Test: Day 3 : News Photo
The Aussies had an excellent day on the field and have a lead of 267 runs
rohit sankar
Modified 05 Jan 2017
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Younis Khan stood between Australia and their attempt to enforce the follow-on as he made his first hundred on Australian shores, making him the first man to hit centuries in 11 countries. 

While Younis scaled several peaks, Australia dominated proceedings at Sydney as their bowlers made it tough for Pakistan. None of Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Khan and Mohammad Amir gave Younis company.

At 271/8, trailing by 267 runs, a follow-on looks very much on the cards for Pakistan.

Also Read: Australia vs Pakistan, Third Test, Day 3, Stats: Younis Khan creates history

Here are the talking points from the day's play the Sydney Cricket Ground.

#5 Can Handscomb solve Australia's wicket-keeper woes?

Australia v Pakistan - 3rd Test: Day 3 : News Photo
Handscomb effected a run out to send Azhar Ali back to the pavilion

After rain played spoilsport to delay the start of Day 3 of the 3rd Test, Australia were hit with another problem as their regular wicketkeeper, Matthew Wade, walked off the field after two overs on Day 3 complaining of a stomach bug.


Wade wasn't feeling too well and it was confirmed that Australia would have to do the rest of the day without him. But they had a backup option readily available in their playing eleven in Peter Handscomb. 

Handscomb has kept at all levels of domestic cricket and even has 4 stumpings to his name in first-class cricket. The newcomer in the Test squad has been making headlines for his remarkable form with the willow and he was soon in business behind the stumps, completing a clean run out to send back Azhar Ali. Did Wade's career walk off the field along with him?

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Published 05 Jan 2017, 14:47 IST
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