Nathan Lyon and Steve O’Keefe spun Australia to a 220-run win over Pakistan in the third Test at the SCG, with Steve Smith’s side completing a 3-0 series sweep.

The tourists resumed at 55-1 on day five in Sydney, having been set a target of 465 following Smith’s declaration at 241-2 on day four.

Pakistan almost dragged the contest into Saturday’s final session but were eventually rolled for 244, with Lyon and O’Keefe turning the screws ahead of a four-Test tour of India.

Josh Hazlewood grabbed two wickets in his opening spell on Saturday and returned with the second new ball to end the series by dismissing Imran Khan.

Lyon, whose status as the country’s top spinner was in doubt earlier this summer, finished the match with five wickets.

“Nathan Lyon couldn’t bowl much better than he’s bowled,” former legspinner Shane Warne said on the Nine Network. “I just love the way the ball’s left his hand.”

Lyon, who rediscovered his mojo by helping bowl Australia to victory in the Boxing Day Test, started day five with a fantastic nine-over spell from the Randwick End… see more

source: Guardian UK