Wednesday 21 March 2018 / 10:07 AM


As we get ready for the start of the Australia-Pakistan Test series in Brisbane today, Throwback Thursday is revisiting the best bowling efforts on home soil against Pakistan by those incomparable Aussie legends, Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.

In the 1994-95 series opener at the Gabba, Australia amassed 463 in the first innings around Steve Waugh’s 112 not out and half-centuries from captain Mark Taylor, David Boon, Mark Waugh and Greg Blewett (what a line-up!).

Weary from almost two days in the field, Pakistan endured a disastrous reply thanks to a legspin masterclass from Warne, who took 7/23 as the tourists crumbled to be all out for just 97. He took the final six wickets of the innings early on Day 3.

Pakistan offered a little more resistance in their second innings, but Warne still had a field day with 4/54 to finish with 11 wickets for the match, the visitors all out for 240 and succumbing by an innings and 126 runs.

McGrath’s finest hour against Pakistan came in the first Test of the 2004-05 series at the WACA. The visitors were set an impossible fourth-innings target of 564 after Justin Langer starred with scores of 191 and 97.

The metronomic ‘Pigeon’ ensured the match would finish inside four days with a searing bowling performance of 8/24 that had the Pakistan team back in the pavilion for just 72 – and a loss by 491 runs, the fourth-highest margin in Test history in terms of runs and the biggest in more than 70 years.

Unsurprisingly, the two icons sit in the top two positions for most wickets in the history of Australia-Pakistan Test matches.

Warne claimed 90 wickets in 15 matches at 20.17, while McGrath took 80 scalps in 17 Tests at 21.70.

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