Cricket umpire Tony Crafter separates Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee (left) and Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad in the first Test at Perth in 1981.
Cricket umpire Tony Crafter separates Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee (left) and Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad in the first Test at Perth in 1981.

Five of the best Australia-Pakistan clashes

PAKISTAN has played only 32 Tests in Australia, but a number of them have been memorable.

Here we look at some that caught the eye down the years.

1976-77

Imran on fire

Pakistan had not won a Test Down Under and after a 348-run thrashing at the MCG, with Dennis Lillee taking 10 wickets, it looked a long way off. But an up-and-coming all-rounder, Imran Khan, helped turn things around. He took six wickets in the first innings before bagging another half-dozen in the second as the tourists earned a victory for the first time on Australian soil.

1979

Sarfraz bags a big haul

Australia has had some big batting collapses in the past couple of years but nothing compared to the one at the MCG in 1979. The home team was 3-305 and looked on course to easily chase down the 382 needed to win. But up stepped swing bowler Sarfraz Nawaz to inspire a tumble of wickets. The Aussies lost seven wickets for five runs and ended up losing the game by 72 runs. Sarfraz captured career-best figures of 9-86, including 7-1 in 33 balls. Sarfraz's figures are still the best Down Under in Test matches.

1981

Fight club

Pakistani skipper Javed Miandad and Dennis Lillee were both fiery competitors but they took that to another level in Perth. Having set Pakistan an unlikely 543 to win, the Aussies were finding it hard to get the nuggety Javed out. It all boiled over when the two came face to face as Javed went for a run. Lillee believed his opponent ran into him, while the Pakistani was adamant Lillee got in his way deliberately. After squaring up, Lillee kicked out and Javed retaliated and threatened the Aussie with his bat. Umpire Tony Crafter intervened and the incident passed. Lillee was subsequently fined $200 and the incident was condemned by a number of ex-players.

1984

Saying goodbye in style

Australia was losing three of its greatest cricketers all at once and wanted a perfect send-off for Greg Chappell, Rodney Marsh and Dennis Lillee. The three stars responded in the only way they knew how at the SCG as the home team defeated Pakistan by 10 wickets. All three played a huge part in the victory - Lillee grabbed eight wickets, Chappell hit 182 and Marsh took six catches as the Aussies took the five-match series 2-0.

1995

The wonder of Warnie

He was the master of most places around the world but Shane Warne enjoyed the Gabba more than most Test match grounds. In this Test, the spinning legend had match figures of 11-77. Warne grabbed 7-23 in the first innings as the tourists were bundled out for 97. They put up a better fight in their second dig but with Warne to the fore again, Australia prevailed to win by an innings.



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