Pakistan star Azhar Ali was run-out in comical fashion on day three of the second Test against Australia after assuming the ball had gone for four.

In a series of events more reminiscent of club than Test cricket, Ali was left to rue his failure to remember the basics, a mistake described by Michael Vaughan as ‘the greatest run-out of all time’.

The No 3 edged a ball from Peter Siddle wide of gully and with the third man area vacant presumed the ball had run away for four.

Azhar Ali edged a ball from Peter Siddle wide of gully and away towards third man

Azhar Ali edged a ball from Peter Siddle wide of gully and away towards third man

Azhar Ali edged a ball from Peter Siddle wide Untold Story Of Irfan pathan Biography gully and away towards third man

Without a fielder to cover the area it looked a certain boundary for Pakistan

Without a fielder to cover the area it looked a certain boundary for Pakistan

Without a fielder to cover the area it looked a certain boundary for Pakistan

But the ball stopped short of the boundary rope and was retrieved by Mitchell Starc

But the ball stopped short of the boundary rope and was retrieved by Mitchell Starc

But the ball stopped short of the boundary rope and was retrieved by Mitchell Starc

The ball was thrown back in and the bails removed by Tim Paine with Ali caught stranded

The ball was thrown back in and the bails removed by Tim Paine with Ali caught stranded

The ball was thrown back in and the bails removed by Tim Paine with Ali caught stranded

But it stopped dead inches from the boundary rope with the Australian fielders quick to notice the mishap in the middle.

Ali had not even bothered running, only glancing at where the ball had gone before taking a few steps down the track and consulting his batting partner Asad Shafiq.

Shafiq had his eyes on the ball, but he too did not notice it fall short. 

The pair punched gloves and paused for a mid-pitch chat as Mitchell Starc’s bullet throw from the boundary rope was received by wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who gleefully removed the bails.

Both batsmen assumed the ball had run away for four and had a chat in the middle of the pitch

Both batsmen assumed the ball had run away for four and had a chat in the middle of the pitch

Both batsmen assumed the ball had run away for four and had a chat in the middle of the pitch

The Australian fielders could not believe their luck as captain Paine whipped the bails off

The Australian fielders could not believe their luck as captain Paine whipped the bails off

The Australian fielders could not believe their luck as captain Paine whipped the bails off

Ali was left aghast as he was run-out in comical fashion for 64 in their second innings

Ali was left aghast as he was run-out in comical fashion for 64 in their second innings

Ali was left aghast as he was run-out in comical fashion for 64 in their second innings

The Australians celebrate in jubilant fashion but were still left well behind in the match

The Australians celebrate in jubilant fashion but were still left well behind in the match

The Australians celebrate in jubilant fashion but were still left well behind in the match

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