Peter Handscomb scored the third century of Australia’s first innings before the hosts declared on 538 for eight before tea on the second day of the third and final test against Pakistan on Wednesday.
Australia’s pace attack made immediate inroads into the Pakistan batting with debutant opener Sharjeel Khan (6) and Babar Azam (0) removed by Josh Hazlewood in five balls to leave the tourists reeling on 16-2 at the break.
Azhar Ali, who was 12 not out, and Younus Khan, who had yet to score, will resume for the final session looking to cut into Australia’s imposing 522-run lead.
Australia are already assured of winning the series after victories in Brisbane and Melbourne and Pakistan for large parts of the first two sessions had the look of a side who wanted to get the match over and done with as quickly as possible.
Handscomb’s second hundred in his first four tests had piled on the misery for the tourists after openers David Warner and Matt Renshaw had reached the milestone on day one.