Warne settles score in rout of Pakistan

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Australia 463 Pakistan 97 and 240 Australia win by an innings and 126 runs

Shane Warne returned the best match analysis by an Australian bowler against Pakistan on home soil as Mark Taylor's men completed a resounding victory on the fourth day of the first Test in Brisbane yesterday.

Warne added four wickets to the seven he took in Pakistan's first innings to finish with 11 for 77 and, inevitably, the Man of the Match award.

Resuming on 197 for 3 and still needing to score 169 to make Australia bat again, Pakistan lost their last seven wickets for 43 runs in just under one hour. Inzamam-ul-Haq, who began the day on 56, added just six before he lofted a ball from Mark Waugh to Craig McDermott at mid-off. That was the beginning of the end for Pakistan, with not one of their last six batsman able to reach double figures as Warne mopped up the tail.

Warne claimed he struck a blow for justice after dismissing the former Pakistan captain, Salim Malik, for a duck. It was the pair's first confrontation at the wicket since the Australians accused the Pakistani of offering bribes to throw matches in a 1994 tour of Pakistan - a charge strenously denied by Salim and rejected by Pakistan cricket authorities.

Warne said: "I really enjoyed taking his wicket for obvious reasons. I think the dismissal shows there is justice in the game."

Immediately after the match, Australia announced an unchanged side for the second Test, starting in Hobart on Friday. Wasim Akram, the Pakistan captain, said: "We made some mistakes in the game but we will definitely come back stronger and fitter in Hobart."

(Fourth day; Australia won toss)

AUSTRALIA - First Innings 463 (S R Waugh 112 no, M A Taylor 69, M E Waugh 59, G S Blewett 57, D C Boon 54).

PAKISTAN - First Innings 97 (S K Warne 7-23).

PAKISTAN - Second Innings

(Overnight: 197 for 3)

Inzamam-ul-Haq c McDermott b M Waugh 62

Basit Ali lbw b McGrath 26

Moin Khan c Healy b Reiffel 9

*Wasim Akram c Slater b Warne 6

Salim Malik c McDermott b Warne 0

Saqlain Mushtaq not out 2

Waqar Younis lbw b Warne 0

Mohammad Akram lbw b Warne 0

Extras (b7 nb11) 18

Total (85.5 overs) 240

Fall: 1-30, 2-88, 3-167, 4-217, 5-218, 6-233, 7-233, 8-239, 9-240.

Bowling: McDermott 11-0-47-0; McGrath 25-7-76-4; Reiffel 15-4-47-1; Warne 27.5-10-54-4; S R Waugh 2-1-3-0; M E Waugh 5-2-6-1.

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