Australia hopes to savor stability before the New Zealand series
MELBOURNE: With your batting order resolved and Mitchell Starc Returning to his best prowling in his Pakistan sweep series, a confidant Australia They will wait for more tests when they arrive in New Zealand later this month.
Australia dominated with bat, ball and in the field to post their second successive innings victory over the South Asians at Adelaide Oval on Monday, continuing their upward trajectory since retaining the Ashes in England.
The results were, in part, a reflection of Pakistan's reconstruction and the inexperience of its tireless attack.
But the series also underlined the return of a ruthless streak which had been largely absent from Australia n Cricket since the disintegration of the team following the Newlands ball manipulation scandal in March 2018.
While the return of David Warner and Steve Smith from suspensions would embolden any team in world Cricket , Marnus Labuschagne's rapid rise from fringe all-rounder to bolted-on number three has been another massive boost.
All too often, Warner and Smith had to carry the batting charge after the retirement of Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers in 2015, but in Labuschagne, born in South Africa, they have another shoulder to lean on.
The 25-year-old produced two great hundreds and 347 runs of the series, to be second after the 489 runs scored by the Warner centurion.
Starc also continued his good form of the Brisbane Test, adding another seven batters to his account to finish with 14 for the series and topping the list of wicket takers with an average of 17.00.
It has been quite the comeback for the lanky left-armer, who was picked for just one Test of the Ashes and wore much of the blame for the first series loss to India on home soil during the last Australia n summer.
Starc suffered the pain after suffering a problem in the big toe during the first innings in Adelaide, but has been authorized for the series of three games against the Black Caps that begin in Perth on December 12.
Australia's selectors meetings have tended to have long agendas due to the team's batting problems in the past, but panel boss Trevor Hohns was beaming on Tuesday after naming an essentially unchanged squad for the New Zealand series.
Only the hitter Cameron Bancroft, unused in the Pakistan series, was released from the team, which was reduced to 13.
We are very comfortable with our batting lineup. They are working quite well, Hohns told reporters in Adelaide.
It is very nice to have a couple of very, very good victories. To be honest, he has been quite relaxing (as a coach).