Australia win the Boxing Day Test as they beat Pakistan by an innings and 18 runs. Mitchell Starc, who scored 84 from 128 balls, finished with 5/161. In their first innings, Australia posted their highest ever total of 624/8 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Mitchell Starc and skipper Steve Smith shared a 154-run stand for the seventh wicket.
In reply to Australia’s score, Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Sami Aslam was the first one to depart, later it was just ‘come and go walk’ for the Pakistan batsmen. Younis Khan got a good start but couldn’t turn it into a big score as he fell short to Nathon Lyon. Skipper Misbah-ul-haq was Lyon’s second victim as he was caught by Nic Maddison and returned without opening his account.
Pakistan reduced to 89/4, had little hopes when opener Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq were in the middle but sooner Peter Handscomb caught a brilliant catch at short leg to dismiss Asad Shafiq. Azhar’s dismissal made sure that the hosts hold an upper hand on the game. Sarfraz Ahmed went on to score 43 but wickets kept falling at the other end.
Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood shared three wickets each while Jackson Bird had one success in the second innings.