Australia haven’t learnt the lessons of their 4-0 thrashing at the hands of home team India in 2013, Australia captain Michael Clarke says.
Clarke’s team’s nightmarish tour of United Arab Emirates is over after Pakistan completed a 2-0 series sweep with a 356-run victory in the second Test on Monday.
Set a gigantic target of 603 to win on a pitch which assisted the spinners, Australia resumed on 4-143 and reached 5-238 at lunch.
They then lost 5-8 in 7.3 overs after lunch to be all out for 246.
It’s Australia’s third-biggest loss by a runs margin in Test history and Pakistan’s first series win over Australia since 1994.
Steve Smith (97) and youngster Mitchell Marsh (47) added 107 for Australia’s fifth wicket before the post-lunch collapse.
Spinners Zulfiqar Babar (5-120) and Yasir Shah (3-44) had little trouble running through Australia’s lower-order batting.
Monday’s loss follows Australia’s 4-0 humiliation on spinning tracks in India in 2013, which was under the direction of then-coach Mickey Arthur.
It seems little has changed in this respect under new coach Darren Lehmann, who guided Australia to an Ashes whitewash over England last summer and a series win in South Africa in March.
Australia’s record of one win in 16 Tests in Asia since Shane Warne’s 2007 retirement is a stark reminder of the team’s inability to exploit turning pitches with the ball or survive them with the bat.
Sixth-ranked Pakistan have jumped three places with their series sweep over second-ranked Australia.
“We have got to talk about what’s just happened,” Clarke said.
“We were hopeful that we learnt some lessons from out trip to India but it doesn’t look that way.
“Your goal has to be to try and become better. I say that regularly but our performances here weren’t any better than they were in India.
“It’s a fair indication of where we sit as a team. We’re a lot more comfortable playing in our own back yard and we need to continue to work hard to have success away from home.
“There’s no doubt the players will be happy to go home.”
Considered one of the game’s premier batsmen against spin, Clarke failed to take charge against Pakistan with 57 runs at 14.25 in a year in which he’s made only 294 Test runs at 29.40.
“I am probably most angry with myself, most disappointed with my personal performance,” Clarke said.
“I have always prided myself on leading by example and in the series that we have lost since I have been captain I have been able at least to stand up and lead from the front where in this series I haven’t done that.”
Clarke said the batting of David Warner, Smith and Marsh had been positive aspects of the series for Australia.
The skipper said he expected injured wicketkeeper Brad Haddin to be fit to play in the Brisbane Test against India on December 4 despite an injured shoulder.
AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST LOSSES BY RUNS MARGIN
* 675 v England in Brisbane, Nov 1928
* 408 v West Indies in Adelaide, Jan 1980
* 356 v Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, Oct 2014
* 347 v England at Lord’s, July 2013
* 343 v West Indies at Bridgetown, April 1991