Australia wins by innings and 48 runs, sweeps Pakistan 2-0

Warner scorched the Adelaide ground with a splendid unbeaten 335

Warner scorched the Adelaide ground with a splendid unbeaten 335

Nathan Lyon stormed back into form with a series-clinching five-wicket haul against Pakistan last night in Adelaide, as Australia made a statement with their second victory by an innings in as many matches.

The new pink ball was taken when they returned and with the lights on it didn't take long to finish off the tail, with Hazlewood clean-bowling Mohammad Rizwan for 45 and Mohammad Abbas run out.

Lyon finished with figures of 5-69, removing half-centurions Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq as the visitors were bowled out for 239 - their second innings defeat of the two-Test series.

West Indies cricket legend Brian Lara has revealed that he was looking forward to congratulate David Warner had the Australian breached his record of highest individual Test score, just as Gary Sobers had done when he achieved the feat.

Azhar Ali's lineup was 39-3 overnight after being forced to follow-on on day three, when they were bowled out for 302 to surrender a 287-run first-innings lead after Starc took six wickets.

"To win by an innings, two games in a row, is an exceptional effort", Warner said during a presentation for the player of the series award. "I think we all witnessed something really special".

Lyon, from round the wicket to the right-hander, extracted some turn and bounce, and had Shafiq caught at leg-slip 20 minutes out from Tea.

Pakistan is desperate for Australia's Test cricketers to end their two-decade absence from the country, captain Azhar Ali says.

Lyon returned to break another stubborn 47-run partnership between No 6 Iftikhar Ahmed and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan, with Marnus Labuschagne finally catching a nick at short leg after dropping three earlier chances in the test.

Warner was batting on 335 in Australia's second Take a look at in opposition to Pakistan, when captain Tim Paine determined to declare.

Shaheen Afridi became his fifth victim, caught at mid-off by Hazlewood on the last ball before dinner.

Pakistan will return home to host its first test series in a decade on home soil, against Sri Lanka.

"We lacked in all departments in both Tests but we take some positives", he said.

"He's waiting the nail to come off the big toe, which happens to a lot of fast bowlers", Paine said. We came here with a lot of expectations.

Tougher opposition awaits them with the arrival this month of New Zealand for three Tests - in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

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