Here is the summary of the game in case you missed it.
I believe we have provided sufficient updates on this beautiful afternoon in Sydney. We will resume our live coverage, the OBO, when West Indies travels to Adelaide for their next Test match. Special thanks to Angus Fontaine and Jonathan Howcroft for co-piloting with me, and to all of you for your messages and comments. We look forward to reconnecting with you soon.
The series has been entertaining. Despite the 3-0 result, Pakistan performed better than expected. They had opportunities to win a Test, specifically in Melbourne or Sydney, but Australia was able to overcome their dominance at crucial moments. This was achieved despite numerous injuries and absences, and with a relatively inexperienced group of bowlers. Aamer Jamal stood out as the top performer and hopefully, he will continue to have a successful Test career. Shan Masood had some weaknesses in his batting and tactics, but he showed strong leadership in both aspects at times. The decision to bring Rizwan back to the side was a good one, and Salman Agha also had an impressive performance.
The resurgence of Mitch Marsh was a lot of fun. Travis Head wasn’t much needed after some dominant performances in 2023. Pat Cummins was player of the series for a reason. And this incredibly resilient bowling quartet of Cummins, Starc, Hazlewood, Lyon notched three more matches together.
Warner embraces his wife for an extended period near the boundary, before proceeding to welcome his parents and friends who are gathered nearby.
Daphne hands over the huge cup, the players come up to join their captain, and green and gold streamers shower over the stage and the SCG turf.
Cummins mentions that it is rumored to be Davey’s final Test match. He adds that it will be difficult to find someone to fill Davey’s shoes, as he has been a consistent player for the past twelve years with a strong presence on the field. The team will savor the remaining time they have with him.
“Mitchy (Marsh) played a critical role in the series. He consistently made valuable contributions with his batting and also took crucial wickets at important junctures. He is excelling and demonstrating his talent, putting pressure on the opposing team.”
The excitement of Test cricket, towards the end of the day, creates a feeling of the entire stadium erupting. It is one of those special moments. Throughout the series, Joshy has bowled exceptionally well but has not received the recognition he deserved. Therefore, this was a significant moment.
Last night, there was a triple-wicket maiden.
Cummins acknowledges the significance of having four wickets down in the first session on the first day, as it set the tone for the game. He emphasizes the importance of not just surviving, but also putting pressure on the bowlers. He commends the approach of David and Marnus, describing it as impressive.
In the end, a bowler is chosen as the player of the series. Cummins is selected and congratulated by Daphne Benaud, who will be presenting the Benaud-Qadir Trophy in honor of her late husband Richie.
Spectators have been granted access to the area near the podium, where they can view the presentations from behind ropes. This is a thoughtful gesture.
Shan Masood suggests giving a token of appreciation and a farewell gift to Warner. He invites Warner to come on stage to receive one of Babar’s Test shirts, which has been autographed by all Pakistan squad members.
We work in the entertainment industry, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to demonstrate my skills. I began with Twenty20 and aimed to replicate that performance here. I played my shots and followed my game plan, ultimately resulting in a victory.
This morning, I took a leisurely stroll to the cafe with my child, grabbed a cup of coffee, and then headed to the car. Packed a couple of wines, but I shouldn’t mention that too loudly or I’ll get into trouble. But overall, I felt very happy and incredibly proud. It means a lot to me to be able to perform in front of my hometown audience and receive the support they have given me and the Australian cricket team throughout my career spanning the past decade. I cannot thank you all enough. Without your support, we would not be able to do what we love. Your support is greatly appreciated.
He believes that his fellow fast-bowlers will have some rest in the changing rooms, which is wonderful. These hardworking individuals, including the three main quicks and Mitchell Marsh, put in a lot of effort in the nets and gym to stay fit and healthy. The support from the physios and staff is exceptional in keeping them on the field. Luckily, he won’t have to face them in the nets anymore, not that he ever did anyway. This is a relief for him.
Warner is engaged in a discussion after the match.
“It’s truly a dream come true to achieve a 3-0 victory and wrap up an incredible few years with the Australian cricket team. This win comes on the heels of our success in the World Test Championship, a draw in the Ashes, and a win in the World Cup. To finish with a 3-0 record in this series is a remarkable accomplishment, and I am honored to be part of such a talented group of cricketers.”
Pat Cummins ended the series with a total of 19 wickets at an impressive average of 12. Aamer Jamal also had a strong performance with 18 wickets at an average of 20, as well as scoring 143 runs at an average of 28.
Mitch Marsh scored the most runs with 344 at an average of 86. Second place went to Warner, who had 299 runs at an average of 49.83.
It was a victorious end. It was a complete defeat. Pakistan put up a tough fight in all three Tests, but ultimately their batting showed vulnerability that was overshadowed by the superior bowling of Australia during crucial moments. Their fielding mistakes also negatively impacted their bowling performances.
Australia has earned a complete set of points in the World Test Championship.
After 25.5 overs, Australia has scored 130 runs for the loss of two wickets (with Labuschagne at 62 and Smith at 4). Labuschagne continues to play smoothly, hitting a couple of runs off Jamal’s delivery before taking a risk and scoring four runs past the fielders. The crowd’s support motivates Australia as they come within one run of their target. Although the next ball is unsuccessful, Labuschagne manages to hit the winning shot, sending it square of the wicket. And with that, the match is over.
In the 25th over, Australia’s score is 123-2 with Labuschagne at 55 and Smith at 4. Steve Smith wastes no time as he hits his first ball for four runs through cover. As he walked out onto the field, he met Warner on the boundary and the two embraced for a long hug. They have been pillars in each other’s careers, through both good times and bad.
Pakistan has acquired the individual of the present time!
Labuschagne quickly changed his batting stance and hit Sajid’s pitch down the ground. Warner almost got stumped as he came forward, but then realized he was not close enough to the pitch. He quickly scrambled to get his bat back and managed to do so just in time. The next ball was blocked by Warner as he stepped forward, but it hit his pad first. Sajid once again made a passionate appeal, but the umpires kept their hands in their pockets. Warner remains on strike.
When bowling around the wicket to a left-handed batsman, the off-break delivery does not spin much and is directed towards the leg stump in the review footage. However, it still manages to make contact with the bat.
The moment has come to an end. Warner makes his final departure from the field as a Test cricketer, with Sajid hurrying over to shake his hand after celebrating his dismissal. Warner takes his usual slow walk until he reaches about two thirds of the way off the field, then suddenly becomes aware of the resounding applause. He pauses for a moment, extends his arms, and acknowledges the crowd by raising his bat. Then he climbs up the steps and the moment passes.
In the 24th over, the score for Australia is 118-1 with Warner scoring 57 and Labuschagne scoring 53. Warner faces the next over and hits one towards cover but doesn’t score. He then attempts a big on drive but only hits the inside half, sending it to the gap at midwicket for two runs. The following ball, he plays it safe and just nudges it to point for one run. This allows Labuschagne to hit Jamal off his pads for a nice clip, resulting in four runs despite a desperate dive from deep midwicket. Labuschagne then scores one run from the last ball and keeps the strike.
In the 23rd over, Australia has reached a score of 110-1 with Warner at 54 and Labuschagne at 49. Labuschagne confidently moves down the pitch to Sajid and skillfully hits the ball through cover for a four. He is determined to reach his own half-century, which is understandable. However, he almost falls short at 49 when he unintentionally pops the ball up to short leg, but it ends up hitting his pad instead.
In the 22nd over, Australia’s score is 106-1 with Warner at 54 runs and Labuschagne at 45 runs. Jamal bowls to Labuschagne, who takes some time to adjust and plays cautiously. He scores a run from the fifth ball. Marnus, take note of the situation.
Kate sent an email questioning why Jamal was brought in towards the end of the game. The decision to start with Sajid was effective, and Hamza is considered the primary bowler for swing in this team, so giving him a chance with the new ball was necessary. However, I agree that Jamal should have been chosen over Hasan Ali, and Salman should have been brought into the game as soon as possible.
At the 21st over, Australia has a score of 105-1 with Warner at 54 and Labuschagne at 44. There is a review against Warner as Sajid, the off-spinner, bowls a ball that straightens down the line and hits Warner on the back thigh. Umpire Gough initially calls it not out, but after review, Warner survives by a close call from the umpire. The replay shows that the ball hit about 49% of the bails, resulting in a yellow light for height. This was a lucky break for Warner, as it was similar to what happened to Khawaja earlier. After the review, Warner confidently drives a run past Sajid.
Labuschagne is permitted to sweep, but he is dropped at midwicket! The captain misses the catch as the ball is at shoulder height, but it was still a fairly easy position to catch from.
On the last ball of the over, there was yet another review, this time against Labuschagne. While the Pakistan players were occupied with their appeal, the Australians quickly took an additional run. Unfortunately, the return towards Sajid at the bowler’s end was not well-executed and it got away from him. As a result, Warner called Labuschagne to run through. Upon review, it was revealed that the off break had turned past the leg stump.
Quite the over.
In the 20th over, Australia’s score is 103-1 with Warner at 53 and Labuschagne at 44. Jamal has another opportunity to make an impact in this series and he has been impressive so far. Labuschagne adds a couple more runs through the cover area, taking advantage of the remaining runs. On the fifth ball of the over, Labuschagne gives up the strike and guides three runs behind point. The batting duo share a hug in the middle of the pitch, though it is unclear why. Warner hits a hard cut shot and takes a run to the cover region.
The 19th over begins with Australia at 97-1, with David Warner scoring 52 runs and Marnus Labuschagne at 39. Salman Agha, the off-spin bowler, will start from the Randwick End. He causes some trouble for Warner with a leading edge towards cover and an inside edge to short fine leg. However, Warner manages to score a run in that region, but not intentionally as he stutters his steps to avoid colliding with Labuschagne. The run is actually a bye due to a deflection off the keeper. Labuschagne then successfully reverse sweeps for four, showing his desire to finish the game quickly. He then squeezes out a run to cover to keep the strike.
The athletes are returning to the field for the last part of the game. The SCG audience gives one more round of applause.
This aspect of the Warner story is often overlooked.
If you haven’t already, please read Barney’s article about Warner further down the page. It effectively captures the unique and exceptional qualities of him.
I appreciate your message, JP. It’s quite a surreal day, saying goodbye to someone who has been a constant presence, whether it was good or bad. David Warner will receive another round of applause from the audience as he returns to the field after lunch. This marks the fourth time he has done so, after facing one over on the first evening, returning on the second morning, and now concluding with this final day and milestone.
If Labuschagne had batted in his typical slow and steady manner, there could have been sufficient runs remaining for Warner to potentially score a century. However, Marnus did not receive the message- and attempting to do so would have been overly clever given the high stakes of the Test.
The morning in Australia belongs to David Warner. The Test in Australia is dominated by David Warner. The series in Australia is defined by David Warner.
There is not a lot remaining to unfold in this competition, however there is still an opportunity for a 40-minute break.
I am taking this chance to say goodbye and pass the reins to Geoff Lemon to wrap up this series and the career of David Warner. Thank you for joining me, I will see you again here shortly.
After 17 overs, Australia has scored 91 runs with only one wicket lost. Warner has reached a half-century while Labuschagne is at 34. Sajid is still bowling without much success and the commentators are frustrated that Jamal has not been given a chance to bowl yet. The last over before lunch results in just a single run.
In the 16th over, Australia’s score is at 90-1 with Warner at 51 and Labuschagne at 34. Warner confidently moves forward and hits a boundary over extra-cover. He then lightly hits the ball off Salman and earns his 50th run of the game. This is another chance for the audience to applaud the seasoned player who is playing a familiar style of innings. This match, much like the entire series, is following the expected pattern. This is Warner’s 63rd time achieving a score of 50 or more in Test matches.
The 16th over sees Australia at 83-1 with Warner scoring 45 and Labuschagne at 33. Similar to the previous over by Sajid, Labuschagne steps forward and hits a powerful four straight down, almost reaching the maximum distance. This is followed by a reverse sweep, which also results in a boundary. Australia is quickly approaching a win.
Australia is at 75 runs with 1 wicket lost in the 15th over. Warner has 45 runs and Labuschagne has 25. Warner is having luck on his side, even when he misses shots. He unsuccessfully attempts to lap sweep Salman, but his positioning blocks Rizwan’s view and results in four byes.
Australia scored 70 runs with the loss of one wicket in the 14th over. Warner made 45 runs and Labuschagne made 24 runs. Sajid came back to bowl after a break and his first delivery missed Labuschagne’s bat. Pakistan, with limited options left, decided to review the decision, but there was no contact between the bat and ball. Labuschagne reacted by confidently hitting a four down the pitch, just missing a six, and then skillfully reverse swept for three runs.
Only 60 runs left for a series sweep.
In the 13th over, Australia’s score is 63-1 with Warner at 45 and Labuschagne at 17. Warner shows his awareness of Salman’s potential by stepping forward and hitting a one-bounce four over cow corner. He also gets lucky with a bat-pad nick that narrowly misses short leg. But Warner remains unfazed and follows up with a powerful shot through extra-cover. This is classic David Warner – confidently taking risks and batting with purpose.
In the 12th over, Australia’s score is 51-1 with Warner at 33 and Labuschagne at 17. Labuschagne lightly guides the ball to the leg side for a single, bringing the partnership to 50 runs in only 62 deliveries. Hasan seems unable to make any breakthroughs without the cooperation of the batsmen.
In the 11th over, Australia is at 49-1 with Warner scoring 32 and Labuschagne at 16. Salman takes over for Sajid and causes problems for Labuschagne with a delivery that straightens past the edge and another that bounces sharply. It is not a good sign for Shan Masood’s leadership that he has not utilized Jamal yet and is only now bringing himself into the attack.
After 10 overs, Australia’s score is 46 runs for the loss of one wicket, with Warner at 31 runs and Labuschagne at 14 runs. Hasan bowls well and Labuschagne only manages to get one run. Australia has completed over a third of their target and is also scoring at a faster pace compared to earlier in the match.
In the 9th over, Australia has a score of 45-1 with Warner at 31 and Labuschagne at 13. Warner is playing aggressively, using a dab behind point and a reverse sweep to score runs off of Sajid. This could be the ideal way for him to finish his innings.
In the 8th over, Australia’s score is 39-1 with Warner at 25 and Labuschagne at 13. Labuschagne is matching Warner’s aggressive play and hits another boundary off Hasan. Warner attempts a reverse lap sweep but fails. He is dominating this difficult chase, and Pakistan needs to be cautious or they may be overwhelmed.
In the seventh over of the match, Australia’s score is 33 for 1 with Warner at 25 and Labuschagne at 8. Warner confidently hits Sajid for a one-bounce four over mid-on. He attempts the same shot at the end of the over, but fails to connect properly and the ball spirals towards the same region. However, Jamal is unable to reach it as it lands just out of his reach.
In the 6th over, Australia’s score is 27-1 with Warner at 19 runs and Labuschagne at 8 runs. Ricky Ponting expresses his disbelief on commentary as Hasan Ali comes in to bowl, replacing Mir Hamza. Hasan comes close to making a breakthrough, but Warner’s inside edge saves him from getting out and instead earns him two runs. However, Hasan’s bowling loses its accuracy and Labuschagne is able to hit a square drive for four runs. The Australian pair shows their aggressive running between the wickets, while the fielders fail to match their energy. This showcases the classic front-foot batting style of Australians.
In the fifth over, Australia’s score is 20-1 with Warner at 16 and Labuschagne at 4. Warner is playing aggressively, using a reverse sweep to score four runs off Sajid’s bowling and putting pressure on the Pakistan fielders by hustling between the wickets. Although Warner’s run rate may seem slow at one run per ball, his innings has relieved the pressure on Australia after Khawaja’s dismissal and shifted the focus back onto Pakistan.
In the fourth over, Australia’s score is 13-1 with David Warner at 11 runs and Marnus Labuschagne at 2 runs. Warner is using a bat designed for playing in subcontinental conditions, with the sweet spot located lower on the face. He uses this to his advantage and hits a boundary through the offside with a powerful shot. This showcases the bold and confident approach that Australia will be missing at the start of their batting lineup. Warner not only contributes runs, but also puts pressure on the opposing team’s attack and forces them to change their strategy. Despite the possibility of Australia losing another wicket, Warner refuses to let the innings become stagnant.
On the third over, Australia’s score is 8-1 with Warner scoring 6 runs and Labuschagne scoring 2 runs. The atmosphere is reminiscent of day four in the subcontinent rather than NSW, as a spinner is opening the bowling and there are fielders close to the bat. The Australian players are playing cautiously with their bats close to their pads. Despite this, their running and communication are keeping the scoreboard moving. Overall, it is a tense moment in the game.
In the second over of the match, Australia’s score is 4-1 with David Warner at 4 runs and Marnus Labuschagne at 0. Mir Hamza takes the new ball and bowls to Warner, who is positioned far from his batting line. Warner scores two well-executed twos by hitting the ball through the covers. The stage is set for the Sydneysider to end on a positive note.
Sajid Khan, the right-arm off-spinner, has been given the unexpected role of opening bowler for Pakistan. He starts off by sending a delivery past Khawaja’s outside edge from around the wicket. After four careful defensive shots on the back foot, Khawaja is dismissed! The bat moved inside the line and the ball hit the pad in front of the stumps. The umpire’s finger goes up, but Khawaja immediately calls for a review. However, the replay shows that he was indeed hit in line with the stumps and he has to leave the field. It was a close decision, but because of the initial on-field call, it goes in favor of Pakistan. The ball created a big puff of dust as it hit the surface, and Khawaja was caught playing backward when he should have been playing forward. This wicket has put Pakistan in a strong position.
In the first over, Australia has a score of 0 for 1 wicket with Warner scoring 0 runs.
As David Warner takes to the field for his final appearance in a Test match, Pakistan pays tribute with a guard of honour and the audience stands in respect.