Clarke flops again as Pakistan A beats Australia
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Australia test captain Michael Clarke flopped for the second successive time as Pakistan A romped to a 153-run victory on the last day of its four-day warm-up match against Pakistan A on Saturday.
Clarke, who scored 10 in the first innings, could make only 5 runs in the second innings before he was dismissed by fast bowler Rahat Ali with Australia dismissed for 185.
The warm-up game was the only opportunity for Clarke to prepare for the two-test series, starting Wednesday, after he missed the one-day series due to a hamstring injury sustained against Zimbabwe in August.
Needing 339 runs for victory in a minimum 90 overs on the last day, Australia’s top order crumbled to 49-3 before opening batsman Phillip Hughes (65) and Mitchell Marsh (35) added 68.
Opening batsman Chris Rodgers was run out in the first over, Clarke departed in the third while Glenn Maxwell (18) hit three boundaries before Mohammad Talha (3-32) found the outside edge inside the first hour.
Australia’s middle-order collapsed against left-arm spinner Raza Hasan (3-60), who struck off successive deliveries by getting edges off Marsh and James Faulkner to the slips.
Hasan brightened his chances of making his test debut in the absence of the suspended Saeed Ajmal when he had Peter Siddle (41) caught behind.
Talha then quickly folded the innings by claiming the last two wickets as Australia was bowled out just before tea.
It was Australia’s first defeat on the tour after beating Pakistan in the one-off Twenty20 and also recording a 3-0 win in the one-day series.
Pakistan A 305-8 & 306-3 def. Australia 273-8 & 185 (Phillip Hughes 65, Peter Siddle 41; Mohammad Talha 3-32, Raza Hasan 3-60) by 153 runs.