6 Nov 2014

Pakistan thump Australia again

11:57 am on 6 November 2014

The Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke says his team's 2-0 Test series loss to Pakistan is inexcusable and much of the blame rests with him.

Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq batting.

Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq batting. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Clarke admits Australia were totally outplayed in both Tests of their series in the United Arab Emirates, their first series loss to Pakistan since 1994.

As their leading batsman, Clarke says he's accepting much of the blame, having scored just 57 runs in the two matches.

He also concedes they were totally outplayed by a really good Pakistan team who won the deciding Test by 356 runs.

Australia return home now to host South Africa in Perth in their first one dayer on Friday week.

Misbah brought up three figures from just 56 balls, while Azhar Ali also scored an unbeaten 100 to complete his second century of the match.

The day belonged to Misbah, who hit a blistering 101 not out, belying his reputation as a ponderous batsman as he added 141 quick runs in 17 overs with Azhar (100) for the unbroken fourth wicket.

Dropped by Peter Siddle on four, Misbah took just 21 balls to race to his half-century, bettering South African Jacques Kallis's record of a 24-ball 50 against Zimbabwe in Cape Town in 2005.

Needing eight runs from two balls to reach his hundred, he hit paceman Mitchell Starc for consecutive boundaries to match West Indies great Richards's 1986 record of a 56-ball century against England at St John's, Antigua.

The right-hander hit five sixes - including three in one Smith over - and 11 boundaries in his stunning 57-ball knock at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.