Watson eyes series whitewash
Australia opener Shane Watson says his side can secure a series whitewash against Pakistan on the final day of the third Test.
By Danny Wright
Last Updated: 17/01/10 1:23pm
Shane Watson is confident his Australia side can complete victory over Pakistan in the third Test in Hobart to claim a 3-0 series win.
Australia put themselves in a commanding position going into the final day, Simon Katich hitting a superb century as Ricky Ponting's men set the tourists an unlikely target of 438.
Pakistan's reply got off to a dreadful start, losing Imran Farhat and Salman Butt with 29 on the board.
And they were left reeling when Watson came on, the medium pacer taking the scalps of Mohammad Yousuf and Umar Akmal to leave Pakistan on 103-4 at the close of the fourth day.
Despite showers being forecast for the final day at the Bellerive Oval, Watson is hopeful Australia will have enough time to claim a record equalling 12th successive Test victory over their opponents.
He said: "Hopefully it's sunny when we get here in the morning.
"The ball is in top condition and as long as the rain stays away for a little bit I'm sure if we get a couple of breakthroughs early it will be difficult for their tailenders to survive."
Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam insists his side will not rely on the conditions in order to save the match, but admitted claiming a draw would be a tall order.
With six wickets in hand, the tourists' hopes rest largely with fifth-wicket pair Khurram Manzoor and Shoaib Malik.
"We are not hoping for the rain, I will tell you this," said Intikhab. "We don't play cricket like that.
"We have to make an effort to make sure that things that have happened in the past are gone and you can only live on hope and try to save this match.
"It is difficult now, since we have lost four wickets. I thought the conditions were a little different today and it did help the fast bowlers more."