Australia snatches a thrilling victory in the Boxing Day Test thanks to the exceptional performance of Pat Cummins.

Pat Cummins’ magnificent performance with the ball in the second innings led Australia to a thrilling 79-run victory over Pakistan at the MCG. The Australia captain took 5-49 in the second innings, finishing with match figures of 10-97 and earning the Jonny Mullagh Medal for player of the match.

Pakistan fought hard and were on the verge of a historic win, with Mohammad Rizwan and Salman Ali Agha building a strong partnership. However, Cummins ended their stand just before the close of play in controversial circumstances, leading to frustration from the Pakistani camp.

Cummins also played a crucial role earlier in the day, taking important wickets including that of opposing captain Shan Masood. His exceptional performance capped off a superb year as captain and made him the 10th Australian to reach 250 Test wickets.

The match itself was a thrilling contest, with Pakistan showing great determination on Australian soil. Babar Azam, despite a difficult start to the series, was looking set to make a big score before being bowled by a brilliant delivery from Josh Hazlewood.

Overall, it was an enthralling Test match that showcased the skills and competitiveness of both teams.

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