In pictures: Azhar, Younis shine in Pakistan’s fightback day

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In pictures: Azhar, Younis shine in Pakistan's fightback day
Younis Khan plays a shot against Australia during the second day of the third Test in Sydney on January 4, 2017. (PHOTO: AFP)
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Azhar Ali and Younis Khan kept Pakistan afloat after rookie Peter Handscomb made it three centurions in Australia’s big first innings declaration at the third Sydney Test on Wednesday.

The tourists, who have already lost the series after defeats in Brisbane and Melbourne, made a rocky start after Steve Smith called a halt at 538 for eight, leaving seven overs for Pakistan to negotiate before tea.

They lost debutant Sharjeel Khan and Babar Azam in one Josh Hazlewood over before the interval with just six runs on the board.

But the in-form Azhar and 114-Test veteran Younis steadied the ship with a century stand to take the tourists to stumps at 126 for two.

Azhar, who scored an unbeaten 205 in last week’s Melbourne Test, was on 58 with 39-year-old Younis providing support on 64 to trail Australia by 412 runs.

Australia's batsman Peter Handscomb celebrates scoring his century against Pakistan during the second day of the third cricket Test match at the SCG in Sydney on January 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / William WEST / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --
Australia’s batsman Peter Handscomb celebrates scoring his century against Pakistan during the second day of the third Test match at the SCG in Sydney on January 4, 2017. (PHOTO: AFP)
Cricket fans dressed as former Australian cricket player and commentator Richie Benaud cheer on Australia during the second day of the third cricket Test match against Pakistan at the SCG in Sydney on January 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / William WEST / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --
Cricket fans dressed as former Australian cricket player and commentator Richie Benaud cheer on Australia. (PHOTO: AFP)
Pakistan's Wahab Riaz reacts during a misfield on a shot from Australia's batsmen on the second day of the third cricket Test match at the SCG in Sydney on January 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / William WEST / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --
Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz reacts during a misfield on a shot from Australia’s batsmen. (PHOTO: AFP)
Pakistan fieldsman Wahab Riaz (L) hobbles off in pain as Misbah-ul-Haq (C) and Mohammad Rizwan (R) look on as Australia declares their innings closed during the second day of the third cricket Test match at the SCG in Sydney on January 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST / --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE--
Pakistan fieldsman Wahab Riaz (L) hobbles off in pain as Misbah-ul-Haq (C) and Mohammad Rizwan (R) look on as Australia declares their innings closed. (PHOTO: AFP)
Australia's paceman Josh Hazlewood (C) and teammates celebrate dismissing Pakistan's batsman Sharjeel Khan during the second day of the third cricket Test match at the SCG in Sydney on January 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / William WEST / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --
Australia’s paceman Josh Hazlewood (C) and teammates celebrate dismissing Pakistan’s batsman Sharjeel Khan. (PHOTO: AFP)
Pakistan batsman Babar Azam walks off after being dismissed by Australia's paceman Josh Hazlewood during the second day of the third cricket Test match at the SCG in Sydney on January 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST / --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE--
Pakistan batsman Babar Azam walks off after being dismissed by Australia’s paceman Josh Hazlewood. (PHOTO: AFP)
Australia's David Warner (C) chases the ball as the Pakistan batsmen take more runs during the second day of the third cricket Test match at the SCG in Sydney on January 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE
Australia’s David Warner (C) chases the ball as the Pakistan batsmen take more runs. (PHOTO: AFP)
Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali hooks a delivery from the Australian bowling during the second day of the third cricket Test match at the SCG in Sydney on January 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE
Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali hooks a delivery from the Australian bowling. (PHOTO: AFP)
Pakistan's batsman Younis Khan (L) drives the ball towards Australia's fieldsman Usman Khawaja during the second day of the third cricket Test match at the SCG in Sydney on January 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / William WEST / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --
Pakistan’s batsman Younis Khan (L) drives the ball towards Australia’s fieldsman Usman Khawaja. (PHOTO: AFP)
Pakistan batsmen Azhar Ali (L) and Younis Khan (R) shake hands during their partnership against Australia during the second day of the third cricket Test match at the SCG in Sydney on January 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE
Pakistan batsmen Azhar Ali (L) and Younis Khan (R) shake hands during their partnership against Australia. (PHOTO: AFP)
Pakistan batsmen Younis Khan (L) and Azhar Ali (R) walk off the stumps after defying Australia on the second day of the third cricket Test match at the SCG in Sydney on January 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE
Pakistan batsmen Younis Khan (L) and Azhar Ali (R) walk off the stumps after defying Australia. (PHOTO: AFP)
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