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SCG chaos as seven wickets fall for 11 runs

By Simon Brunsdon and Lachlan Harper

The New Year’s Test at the SCG has been turned on its head by shocking collapses from both Australia and Pakistan on day three.

After being 5-289, Australia lost 5-10 to be bowled out for 299 with Mark Waugh describing it as a “the collapse of all collapses” on Fox Cricket.

Pakistan then went in for their second innings and were 2-1 very quickly with Abdullah Shafique and Shan Masood both departing for ducks.

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Throughout Australia’s innings, Aamir Jamal continued his impressive series, taking 6-69 to put him equal first with Pat Cummins for leading wicket-takers. 

“Inspiring stuff,” Ian Smith said.

Australia resumed day three at 2-116 with Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith still out there.

Following Labuschagne’s half-century, both men fell with the score at 187 before Travis Head followed later for 10 at 5-205.

Alex Carey (38) and Mitchell Marsh (54) combined for an 84-run partnership before the five wickets fell in quick succession as Jamal ripped through the Australian batting lineup.

Pakistan started their second innings with a lead of 14 runs but lost all momentum early when Mitchell Starc bowled Shafique and Josh Hazlewood had Shan Masood caught behind.

Saim Ayub and Babar Azam put 57 runs together before spinners Nathan Lyon and Travis Head dismissed them both to make it 4-60.

Hazlewood then ripped through late in the day, claiming Saud Shakeel, who played a rash drive and edged it to Steve Smith at first slip.

“You can’t do that, you cannot give Australia that opportunity,” Ian Smith said.

Nightwatchman Sajid Khan was then bowled before Salman Ali Agha was out for a duck too as Pakistan finished the day 7-68, leading by 82 runs.

Hazlewood finished the day with 4-9. 

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