Younis Khan sets record in the Sydney test
Younis Khan notched up the 35th century of his test career and scripted history in the third test against Australia. Younis has become the only player to score test centuries in different 11countries. He achieved this milestone by hitting his first century in Australia. He surpassed Rahul Dravid who had scored centuries in all 10 full member Test nations. With the 35th century, Younis has joined the elite club of Sunil Gavaskar, Mahela Jayawardene and Brian Lara in the all-time list for most centuries. Sachin Tendulkar still tops the list with 51 centuries from 200 tests.
The 39- year old Younis is also the second oldest batsmen to score a century in Australia, the first being Clive Lloyd who had scored a century in Australia at the age of 40. Younis also has an average of above 50 in Tests, which is a true testimony of his batting skills. He has succeeded in converting all his nineties since his dismissal for 91 in Aukland against England in 2001. He has moved past Don Bradman’s record of 29 successive conversions of his nineties to centuries. He is just a few steps away from crossing the 10,000 mark. Only 12 batsmen have managed to cross the 10,000 mark in the test history. He already has accumulated 9,789 runs from 114 matches.
Despite Younis Khan’s heroic attempt, Pakistan is facing the threat of another defeat against Australia. The rain added to the worries of the visitors as the rain stopped the match for a considerably long time. Australia had declared the first innings for 538 at the loss of 8 wickets. The centuries by Renshaw (184) and Warner (113) helped Australia to move past 500. Pakistan could only score 315 before losing all the wickets. Australia has already beaten Pakistan in the previous two matches to take the series lead of 2-0. Australia will be looking for a whitewash victory and Pakistan will be doing everything possible to avoid that on the fourth day of the third test.