Mitchell Starc snapped up 3-29 to help Australia take complete control against a tired Pakistan side on the third day of the second test on Monday.

Pakistan, replying to Australia’s huge first-innings total of 556-9 declared, was bowled out for just 148 after having spent more than two days toiling in the field.

Australia, touring Pakistan for the first time since 1998, then decided not to enforce the follow-on as it raced to 81-1 in 17 overs by the close — a lead of 489 runs.

Marnus Labuschagne was unbeaten on 37 and first-innings centurion Usman Khawaja was not out on 35.

Earlier, last-wicket pair Nauman Ali (20 not out) and Shaheen Afridi (19) shared a stand of 30, the highest of Pakistan’s innings, before debutant Mitchell Swepson (2-32) trapped Afridi lbw with a full delivery.

Starc didn’t take a wicket on a lifeless pitch in the drawn first test in Rawalpindi, but this time Pakistan was undone by some superb reverse swing from the left-arm fast bowler.

“It’s a much more abrasive wicket, a few more cracks, and the square is so much dry and bare which played a factor in achieving the reverse swing,” Starc said.

“Over the last couple of days we knew the pitch would deteriorate to some degree but we were not sure it would happen so quickly. Credit to the whole bowling attack and it was a fantastic couple of sessions.”

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