Seven wickets stand between Australia and series win

Australia is on the brink of a series sweep of Pakistan, but the only question that remains for the home side is have they learnt from their day three mistakes? FOLLOW LIVE INSIDE.

AUS v PAK: Day3 extended hlts

Only seven wickets stand between Australia and a 2-0 Test series win against Pakistan.

At least, that is what Aussie skipper Tim Paine will be hoping, with the tourists needing another 248 runs just to make Australia bat again at the Adelaide Oval.

The only question that remains for the home side is, have they learnt from their day three mistakes?

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Pat Cummins will have a big role to play on day four as Australia looks to close out the series sweep. Picture: AAP

For an Australian side that prides itself on its fielding, the opening two sessions yesterday were extremely poor.

Batting hero Marnus Labuschagne was the main culprit, dropping two simple catches in the field.

He wasn’t the only one though, with Paine missing an easy stumping and Steve Smith implored to move up in the slips cordon after two chances fell short.

For Pakistan, Shan Masood has looked the pick of the batsmen in this second innings.

While wickets tumbled around him, the opener got through the tough batting conditions, reaching 14 at stumps.

Could Yasir Shah be the man again to frustrate Australia's bowlers? Picture: AFP

He will be joined by No.5 Asad Shafiq, who will resume his innings on eight.

While there are still quality batsmen to come, the Pakistan middle order hasn’t bothered Australia this summer.

In fact, it was the tail which did all the damage on day three.

Yasir Shah was the hero, with the No.8 posting his highest ever Test score on his way to 113.

It was the first time he has ever made more than 45 in a Test. He wasn’t the only lower order batsman to dig in though.

Mohammad Abbas hung around for a very frustrating 78 balls for his 29 runs.

If Pakistan can get that sort of by-in again, their chances of pushing this into a fifth day will get a little higher.

How will day four play out? Follow all the action in our live blog below. 

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