Australia Clinches Pakistan ODI Series

One youngster puts on a show.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Chasing a target of 245 runs, Australia overcame a bit of a struggle to win the third and final game of the One Day International series against Pakistan, claiming the series 2-1.

Fourth gamer Glenn Maxwell was one of the heroes. The 23-year-old paired with Mike Hussey to put on a 67-run partnership which kept the visiting Aussies in the game.

Australia dipped to 5-159 in the 35th over after George Bailey managed a single run and Matthew Wade was bowled by Rehman, but Hussey (65 runs) and Maxwell (56) were able to steady the ship.

Maxwell’s innings provided a spark as he smashed his 56 off 38 deliveries while smashing four fours and three sixes. He went on to hit the winning runs with a six on what became the last bowl of the day.

Australia now remains undefeated in a series against Pakistan since 2002 and stay fourth on the international ODI rankings.

Captain Michael Clarke was pleased with both Hussey brothers.

"You've seen Maxwell, young, hasn't played too much cricket, not too much fear, go out and play his natural game," Clarke said.

"But without the experience and knowledge of both the Hussey brothers but especially Michael … It's always a pleasure having him in the team and he continues to perform consistently."

Pakistan enjoyed more success with the spin bowl, but for Australia it was pacemen Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson that did the damage. Starc took 4-51 and Johnson 2-33 to halt the home team at 7-244.

Pakistan received nice performances from openers Mohammad Hafeez (78) and Nasir Jamshed (48) while spinners Saeed Ajmal (3-37) and Abdur Rehman (2-41) took critical wickets.