Younis Khan posts record-breaking century as Pakistan struggle

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Younis Khan made Test history with an unbeaten century, but a lack of support for the great veteran left Pakistan behind the curve on a rain-interrupted day three of the final Test in Sydney.

Scoring his first hundred in Australia means Younis is the first player to reach three figures in all 11 countries to have hosted Test cricket.

Methodical in his approach, Younis held firm and picked his shots, hitting 14 boundaries and a six as he scored 136 not out.

There was little else for Pakistan to smile about, however. Azhar Ali was out on 71 and Younis then went through a string of partners as the tourists reached stumps at 271-8, 267 runs adrift of Australia, who lead the series 2-0 and are seeking a whitewash.

Rain ravaged play at the SCG, with day three not getting underway until 14:00 local time (03:00 GMT) after the entire first session was washed out. Time was added on at the end of Thursday, while days four and five will start earlier.

Australia were forced to swap wicketkeepers once play got under way as Matthew Wade succumbed to a stomach illness and he was replaced by centurion Peter Handscomb. Matt Renshaw was also taken off the field later in the day after being hit on the helmet at short leg and suffering a headache.

Younis and Azhar had salvaged Pakistan's innings when brought together at 6-2 on day two and they continued calmly, with Azhar surviving an lbw appeal from Josh Hazlewood (2-53) on 59, only for their 146-run partnership to be broken in comical scenes as he was run out.

After a mix-up in communication, Azhar was run out by a considerable distance as Mitchel Starc returned the ball to stand-in gloveman Handscomb.

Misbah-ul-Haq's woeful tour continued amid uncertainty over his future, dismissed for just 18 runs.

With just 20 runs in total heading into the New Year's Test, Misbah mistimed a flat delivery from spinner Nathan Lyon (3-98) straight to Jackson Bird.

Asad Shafiq's (4) stay was brief, edging Steve O'Keefe's ball to Smith, who took a brilliant catch at slips after tea but Younis was unperturbed as he closed in on 10,000 Test runs with another ton, brought up with a powerful sweep off Lyon's bowling.

Starc (1-65) struck in the third over of the new ball, removing Sarfraz Ahmed for 18 with help from a sharp Bird catch before Lyon accounted for Mohammad Amir (4) and Wahab Riaz (8) to put the hosts firmly on top.