Australia v Pakistan: Nathan Lyon takes five-wicket haul in series sweep

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Australia dismissed Pakistan for 239 Monday to win the day-night second Test at Adelaide by an innings and 48 runs inside four days and wrap up the series 2-0.

The Australian pace ace collected his second-best Test figures on Sunday, taking 6-66 in Pakistan's first innings of the Adelaide Oval encounter.

Defeat continued Pakistan's appalling record in Australia, where they have now crashed in 14 consecutive Tests.

Having thrashed Pakistan by an innings and five runs in the Brisbane opener, Australia appear well set to sweep the series 2-0 unless weather intervenes.

Starc's bowling will be well overshadowed by David Warner's record-breaking 335 not out in Adelaide, but his form turnaround is nearly equally as impressive.

"I would like to congratulate Australia and especially David Warner", said Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali.

Starc was beaten from pillar to post as he lost his rhythm last summer, only coming good for the final Test against a lacklustre Sri Lanka in Canberra. "As a bowling unit, we need to control the scoring rate".

Australia edges toward a dominant victory and a series whitewash, whereas Pakistan are wobbling at 154 for five in their second innings on day four, still 133 runs short of making the hosts bat again.

Shafiq, who has 12 Test hundreds to his name, proved to be Masood's equal and brought up his 25th half-century with a single off Josh Hazlewood.

Soon after, Shafiq (57) too was sent back to the pavilion by Lyon.

Shaheen Afridi (1) played some aggressive strokes in a brief stay before holing out to Lyon, as the off-spinner notched his fourth five-wicket haul in nine Tests on the pitch that he once cared for as a groundskeeper.

First-innings century maker Yasir Shah was Lyon's next victim, with one that trapped him lbw on 13.

At the Adelaide Oval, Labuschagne scored his second Test century but it was Warner who stole the show with a triple-century.

Australia declared their first innings at 589/3 when Warner was playing at 335 runs.

The win marked just the second time in Australia's history they had won all the matches in a series by more than an innings - with the other being against Bangladesh in 2003.

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