Australia, after a difficult summer, finally won a Test match. They beat South Africa by seven wickets in the third and final Test of the series. This was a day-night Test while the first two were regular Tests. South Africa had won the first two Test and that also enabled them to clinch the series 2-1.
South Africa resumed the day at 194/6. They could only add 56 runs to the total before Australia bowled them out for 250 in the second innings. Australia then began the chase of 127 runs on a great note with David Warner and Matthew Renshaw. They shared a 64-run stand before Warner was run-out. Australia lost two more wickets but reached home with seven wickets in hand.
ALL OVER! Australia win the day-night Test by seven wickets. Excellent match for them after those two big losses in the first and second match. They chase down the 127-run target with ease. But it is South Africa who win the series 2-1
WICKET! Australia lose Steve Smith. Excellent delivery from Kyle Abbott that goes straight. Smith was down the ground and got squared up. Edges it behind to the keeper. Australia need two more runs
Australia with some quick runs before the dinner break. They are just eight away from win in Adelaide. Renshaw on 33* and Smith on 34*
Australia are just 20 runs away from win in the day-night Test against South Africa and they have eight wickets in hand. South Africa taking their time to bowl the overs
100 up for Australia and now they are just 27 runs win away from the win. This will be a good result for Australia after big losses in the first two matches
Australia are 89 for the loss of two wickets with Steve Smith and Renshaw at the crease. They need 40 more runs to win this day-night match
WICKET! Another one for South Africa. Appeal for an LBW against Khawaja but umpire says not out. Faf reviews. Khawaja forward for defence but misses it as there is no turn. All three red in review. Australia 64/2
WICKET! Warner is run out. He is not happy but has to go. Renshaw clearly denying a single after responding to the call. Warner was already half way down the pitch. Bavuma with an easy throw
And the players are back on the field for the second session of play. Could very well be the last of the series
And that’s TEA! Australia have done well to go after the South African seamers early on and piled on the pressure. They’re 27/0 after the first session and need 100 more to win
Australia begin their chase with David Warner and Matt Renshaw in the middle. Kyle Abbott and Vernon Philander have the ball to inflict some much needed early damage
Stephen Cook b Mitchell Starc 104
SOUTH AFRICA ARE ALL OUT FOR 250. TARGET OF 127 Stephen Cook runs along to loud applause and as do the Australian players. Plenty of swing on the ball and Cook is cleaned up. Pitched up and does plenty to move in and go between bat and pad. Stumps are rattled! Cook unable to carry his bat then.
Rabada c Wade b Hazlewood 7
Rabada is gone and South Africa lead by 126. Hint of glove from the South African bowler and it goes behind to keeper Wade who takes it. Short delivery on the hips and Rabada tries to pull. Wade dives across his right and takes a diving catch with the ball dying down. Rabada walks!
CENTURY! Second Test ton for Stephen Cook. He’s led from the front and has kept South Africa going in this inning. Scored a century earlier against England and now in Australia under pressure. Talk about a knock!
Vernon Philander lbw Mitchell Starc 17
Vernon Philander is caught leg before by Mitchell Starc in his first over with the new ball. Pitches on middle and leg and Philander plays around his bat and is struck in front. No bat involved. Stephen Cook urges Philander to REVIEW
80 overs bowled and the new ball is due and the new ball is taken. And first ball to be bowled by Josh Hazlewood. Good decision after the first ball itself. Zips across after pitching outside off stump, seams and bounces steeply to beat Philander’s bat
With new ball due in two overs, change in bowling for the hosts. Josh Hazlewood comes in for Nathan Lyon
Quinton de Kock lbw Bird 5
Big wicket for Australia and it has come early on. First ball of the day by Jackson Bird and it produces a wicket. Reviewed on contact by Smith. There’s no bat on it after pitching and striking De Kock in the middle. Snicko shows a thin spike but the HawkEye says all good. And South Africa are 201/7
Players are out in the middle. Stephen Cook and Quinton de Kock for South Africa and the early duty to get the wicket falls on Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon
Players to wear black armbands in tribute to Phil Hughes for his second death anniversary
Good morning! We’re in place for Day 4 of the third Test at the Adelaide Oval. And looks like Australia’s losing streak could well be over tonight. Australia need four wickets and South Africa need as many runs as possible from Stephen Cook who has stuck in and Quinton de Kock, the last best looking pair. Things could well be done in the first session of play with South Africa in the lead by 70 runs.
Lyon’s over was the last of the day and its stumps, South Africa 194/6 at the end of Day 3
Australia fought hard throughout the day and have reaped the rewards under the lights. Four wickets were taken in the final session, three of which were by Nathan Lyon alone. A good comeback by Australia at Adelaide in the end. Can they keep up the fight in the last two days?
Kyle Abbott lbw b Lyon 0
Another one down. The ball beats Abbott’s inside edge and on to the front leg. Umpire is quick to raise his finger, South Africa don’t have any reviews left so Abbott has to walk. It does look out though.
Temba Bavuma c Smith b Lyon 21
Bavuma had reviewed for it after he thought the ball had hit his arm. It took him some time to come to the decision. Replays show that it was actually inside edge and then the arm, South Africa 194/5
After plenty of slow overs with barely any run activity, Bavuma goes on the attack and smacks Mitchell Starc for three boundaries in one over. South Africa have moved on to 181/4 and lead by 57 runs
Under ten overs to be bowled on Day 3. South Africa lead by 32 runs with Stephen Cook and Temba Bavuma in the middle. The clean sweep looks improbable now
Faf du Plessis c Handscomb b Starc 12
No repeat of the first inning heroics from Faf then. Nearly 10 overs to be bowled today and Australia have a massive, massive wicket. Starc pitches it full and outside off. Faf goes for a drive but plays it a bit too close to his body and the ball moves away. Takes the outside edge and it is taken by Handscomb at gully. He’s mobbed by his teammate after that well taken low catch
Once again some boos as Faf du Plessis comes out to bat. Didn’t work out very well for the Aussies in the first innings…
JP Duminy b Lyon 26
Huge cheer for the home crowd as JP Duminy falls to Nathan Lyon and makes it 131/3 for South Africa. The leftie plays it back and Australia have got the breakthrough they looked for. Played across the line by Duminy and the off stump is toppled. Tried to play a flick across the line, through mid-wicket, and the off stump is bothered. Poor choice of shot!
Fifty for Stephen Cook! Under pressure fifty for the opener and South Africa are 122/2, just two behind now
DINNER! South Africa, after the second session of play on Day 3, are 100/2. There’s Stephen Cook on 43 and JP Duminy on 5. Even session for both teams. Australia got Dean Elgar early before Hashim Amla and Cook put together the runs until Hazlewood had him for the fifth time this series. Still 24 runs behind
100 up for South Africa with a boundary from Stephen Cook off Jackson Bird. Edged and wide of second slip. Lucky for Cook there. Smith dives to his right but can’t get to the ball as it goes to the ropes through the third slip region
After 30 overs, South Africa are 87/2 and still 37 runs behind of Australia’s lead of 124.
Amla c Wade b Hazlewood 45
For the fifth time in the series, Amla is dismissed by Josh Hazlewood. Big deflection and it is off the bat. Amla reviews immediately after the umpire gives it out. Big white mark on Hotspot and Snicko confirms that. South Africa are 82/2
FOUR! SIX! Amla is smashing his way forward now. Leans into the shot and sends the ball runing through the cover region for a four. Next ball, Amla clears his front leg a bit and lifts the ball over mid-on. Amla moves on to 41 and South Africa to 76/1
Fifty partnership between Amla and Stephen Cook. Back-to-back fours by Amla off Starc. First a drive through cover and then a cut through point
DROPPED! There is miscommunication between Matthew Wade and Matt Renshaw and Hashim Amla gets a life behind the stumps. Flew between the wicketkeeper and the first slip. Renshaw sticks out his left hand and parries it. Maybe Wade was better suited to go for it
10 overs gone and South Africa are 16/1. Much like Australia’s approach at the close of Day 1. Sticking it out and seeing runs drying up. Only difference, the Proteas have lost one wicket, Australia didn’t
Dean Elgar c Smith b Starc 0
WOW! Woeful start for the Proteas. Once again, Elgar is gone in a single digit – 5 in the first inning. Overpitched on off and it swings away very late to take an outside that flies low to Steve Smith at second slip. Taken with both hands, almost instinctively. Pressure speaking?
And that’s Australia all out for 383 and a big, comfortable lead of 124 runs. Usman Khawaja the main name after that first innings. His 145 the difference maker between the two sides. Ably supported with fifties by Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb and Mitchell Starc lower down. And that is also an early TEA!
Jackson Bird c du Plessis b Rabada 6
Short and wide outside the off stump and Bird gets an edge that is taken by Faf at second slip. That was flying and it is taken by the skipper in front of his body
Nathan Lyon c Amla b Shamsi 13
Tabraiz Shamsi has his maiden Test wicket! Nathan Lyon goes to play a sweep but is too early to it. The ball bounces a bit more than usual and kisses the glove. Amla moves across from slip to leg slip and dismisses the Aussie. Australia are 370/9 and lead now of 111 runs
Mitchell Starc c & b Rabada 53
First ball after the drinks break and Rabada gets Starc! Overpitched on the off stump and Starc casually sends it back and it is taken by the South African bowler with both hands. Handy, useful knock from Starc!
Mitchell Starc brings up his fifty. And what a useful knock this has been. Some very vital runs to keep the home side going and take this Test further and further away from the Proteas
Mitchell Starc pushing towards his seventh Test fifty and is joined by Josh Hazlewood. Onus in the bowling department on Tabraiz Shamsi and Kagiso Rabada
Usman Khawaja lbw Philander 145
Khawaja is caught leg before by Philander and it is given out by the umpire. However the Aussie opts to ask for a REVIEW. And the TV umpire doesn’t take much time in confirming that decision. Khawaja walks away to a standing ovation from the Adelaide crowd. The ball pitches on middle stump and hits Khawaja in front with no hint of bat. Three reds on the HawkEye
And off we go on Day 3! Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Starc walk out in the middle. Vernon Philander and Kyle Abbott have the ball
What happened on Day 2?
Usman Khawaja hit his country’s first century of the series and Peter Handscomb a half century on debut as Australia reached 307 for six with a lead of 48 at end of the second day of the day-night third Test against South Africa on Friday.
Khawaja’s magnificent 285-ball 138 not out was the glue in Australia’s innings, the left-hander putting on 137 with Steve Smith until his captain was calamitously run out and then 99 with Handscomb.
Sean Abbott (3-38), who took two wickets in the first hour, returned to dismiss Handscomb before Kagiso Rabada bowled another debutant, Nic Maddinson, for a duck and Vernon Philander removed Matt Wade for four.
Khawaja will resume with Mitchell Starc (16 not out) on day three as the hosts look to extend their lead and put themselves in a commanding position to get the result they need to avoid a first ever 3-0 series sweep on home soil.
Now 29, Khawaja has been recalled and discarded with regularity since his debut in 2011 but was retained for Adelaide despite the clearout that followed the humiliating innings and 80-run defeat in Hobart.
After opening in place of David Warner in the wake of South Africa’s declaration on 259-9 on Thursday, he negotiated a difficult opening hour on Friday before mixing fierce concentration with some typically elegant strokes.
He brought up his 50 with back-to-back fours and his fifth Test century with a 10th boundary cut through point, whipping off his helmet to take the applause of another big crowd at Adelaide Oval.
Smith, dropped earlier by Hashim Amla, had departed for 59 just before his partner reached the milestone, tearing off for an optimistic single and left stranded as Khawaja stood his ground and Quinton de Kock removed the bails.
Handscomb, brought into the side on the back of a double century for Victoria, proved a more than able partner, however, and any prospect of another Australian batting collapse quickly dissipated.
The 25-year-old survived a scare when he just dived back into the crease ahead of a direct hit from Temba Bavuma but opened the following over with two drives and a pull for three fours that got him to his fifty and gave Australia the lead.
It was the outstanding Abbott who ended Handscomb’s maiden Test innings by bowling the Victorian through the gate an hour into the night session.
The 29-year-old, who came into the side in the second Test for the injured Dale Steyn and took 6-77, started the day with a brilliant exhibition of disciplined seam bowling, finishing with figures of 2-7 and six maidens in his first 10-over spell.
Australia resumed on 14-0 but debutant Matt Renshaw was only able to add two runs to his overnight tally before he was brilliantly caught for 10 at third slip by Dean Elgar.
That brought to the crease Warner, who was unable to open as usual on Thursday after Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis’s calculated declaration caught him off the field having treatment on his shoulder.
Warner failed to thrive at number three and was dismissed for 11 when he got an edge off an Abbott delivery that was seaming away from him with Elgar once again snaffling the catch in the cordon.
Good morning! We’re in place for the third day of the third Test between Australia and South Africa. Usman Khawaja’s 138 has proven his critics wrong and have the media off Australia’s back – for now. The hosts are in the lead by 48 runs but with the third day approaching, the ball could be tricky to deal with and pitch offering more than it has so far. Let’s see if it does pan out that way!
That will be stumps on Day 2. What an effort from Khawaja to remain unbeaten and see through a day’s play. Australia reach 307 for the loss of six wickets and extend their lead to 48 runs. Khawaja remains unbeaten on 138. He was there at stumps on Day 1. He is there at stumps on Day 2. Mitchell Starc will resume with him tomorrow
Last over of the day coming up! Kyle Abbott will bowl to Usman Khawaja. Australia are 306 for the loss of six wickets. Khawaja has been exceptional for them
With four overs remaining in the day, Faf du Plessis brings on Shamsi. Mitchell Starc will be on strike. He has scored 16 runs so far for Australia
Mitchell Starc with a boundary and that will take Australia pas the 300-run mark. Australia now on the front-foot. They lead by 44 runs with five more overs remaining in the day
A review saves Mitchell Starc after on-field umpire adjudges him LBW. He decides to review it. It pitched just outside the line of leg-stump. Just outside. Could have been either side. Australia lead by 30 runs
Nine overs remaining in the day’s play. Australia are currently 289 for the loss of 6 wickets. Can they go to stumps with only six wickets down or will South Africa take a couple more?
OUT! Wade is caught behind. Full delivery outside off and the ball takes the outside edge. de Kock dives to his left and takes the catch. South Africa 283/6.
WICKET! Nic Maddison is bowled. Superb delivery from Kasigo Rabada. Yorker, full length with a hint of swing into the left-hander. Maddison is slow to bring his bat down. Castled
WICKET! Peter Handscomb is bowled by Kyle Abbott. And excellent delivery which pitched on the seem and came back. Between Abbott’s bat and pad to strike the stumps.
FIFTY! Handscomb has a fifty and he brings it up with a boundary. He has played a brilliant innings in Adelaide. Australia into the lead as well. Super reply from them
New ball has been taken by South Africa as they search for wickets. Kyle Abbott will be bowling to Usman Khawaja, who has a hundred in this innings
End of the 80th over and Australia are 248 for the loss of three wickets. South Africa reviewed a LBW decision but the ball was going over the top of the stumps. Handscomb was the batsman
Australia moving on nicely again! khawaja and Handscomb in hurry what so ever. They have moved on to 239 for the loss of three wickets. 76 overs gone in this innings
Fifty run stand up between Handscomb and Khawaja. No real trouble for them so far in the final session. Dean Elgar and Shamsi are bowling in tandem for South Africa
We are back for the final session of the day in Adelaide. Australia resume at 209 for the loss of three wickets.
DINNER IN ADELAIDE Another excellent session for Australia apart from that run-out of Steve Smith. Usman Khawaja has been superb for his century. Australia are 209 for the loss of three wickets at the end of the 70th over. They trail South Africa by just 50 runs now
200 up for Australia in the first innings. Handscomb gets a four to bring up the 200 for Australia. They are 203 for the loss of three wickets here.
HUNDRED! USMAN KHAWAJA
A cut which goes to the boundary and that will be a century for Khawaja. What an innings this has been. Slow but a solid one for Australia. Takes off his helmet and raises his bat. Crowds applauds
WICKET! Steve Smith is run out. What a big wicket for South Africa. Probably the only way to get the Australian captain out. Pushes it towards point and sets off for a single. He is watching the ball and not Khawaja. Mid-way sees no response from Khawaja and turns back. Too late as De Kock flicks the bails. Smith is furious
Steve Smith is hurt in his back. I think he has pulled a muscle! But no real trouble. Australia still going strong. They are 155 for the loss of two wickets
FIFTY! Captain Steve Smith gets his half-century now! Exceptional innings from the Australian captain. He has scored it at a better rate. Off 84 balls. Australia looking strong now
And there is the 100-run stand between Khawaja and Smith. What a way to respond after losing early wickets. Both batsmen have looked comfortable in the middle
The Khawaja-Smith stand is nearing 100-run stand. Australia have scored at a nice pace in the second session. There are 136 for the loss of two wickets
Two runs from the Abbott over. Shamsi will continue from the other end. Usman Khawaja to take strike. South Africa need wickets otherwise it will slip away from them
Players are back after Tea for the second session of play in Adelaide. Steve Smith will be facing Kyle Abbott. Australia resume at 109 for the loss of two wickets
TEA on DAY 2! Australia will be very happy after this effort. They have reached 109 for the loss of two wickets and trail only by 150 runs. Khawaja on 58*
Last over before Tea coming up. Shamsi will bowl it. Australia are 109 for the loss of two wickets. Khawaja past his fifty and Smith approaching one. Australia trail by 150 runs
100 up for Australia in the 40th over. Excellent recovery from them after the early wickets. Smith and Khawaja will like to take their team to Tea without any more loss
FIFTY! Khawaja gets two consecutive boundaries to reach his half-century. Has been one of the top innings under pressure. Gets their in 114 balls. Smith applauds
Spin after 32 overs! Shamsi to bowl his chinaman spin. A slip and a short-leg in place for him. Australia are 73 for the loss of two wickets
Australia have scored some quick runs in Adelaide. They are 70 for the loss of two wickets after 30 overs. Excellent stuff from Khawaja and Smith. Playing the ball to its merit
50 up for Australia as Steve Smith hooks one over the square leg fence for a SIX! Super shot in an awkward position. Australia need Smith and Khawaja to build a solid partnership here
WICKET! David Warner (11) c Dean Elgar b Kyle Abbott
Good bowling from Abbott to set up Warner! He has edged one to the slips where Elgar accepts an easy catch. Pushed Warner back with some short stuff then gets one to nip away from Warner, who is on the back foot. Pushes at it and edges.
Kasigo Rabada is into the attack for the first time this morning. Australia are 33 for the loss of one wicket. Can he provide South Africa with another wicket?
After 19 overs, Australia are 31 for the loss of one wicket. They still trail South Africa by 228. Warner is batting on nine and overnight batsman Usman Khawaja is on eight
David Warner, Australia’s original opener, is the new man in for Australia at number three. South Africa will be happy that they have picked up an early wicket
WICKET! Matthew Renshaw (10) c Dean Elgar b Kyle Abbott
Dean Elgar is claiming a catch at slips. Renshaw has edged one behind off Abbott. The umpires have gone up stairs for a review. It wobbled out of his hands while he landed flat on the ground but I think the fingers are below the ball. Third umpire says OUT
Three decent overs from South Africa. Only five runs from them. Philander and Kyle Abbott the two pacers bowing in tandem. Renshaw and Khawaja at the crease for Australia
Veron Philander has the ball in hand and Renshaw is on strike for Australia. We are all set for the start of second day’s play in Adelaide. Australia resume at 14 for no loss
Renshaw and Usman Khawaja will resume the Australian innings at 14 for no loss after South Africa declared their innings at 259 for the loss of nine wickets. It was a brave decision by captain Faf du Plessis to declare on the first day itself. He scored an unbeaten hundred
Welcome to the coverage of the second day’s play from the third Test between Australia and South Africa from Hobart
STUMPS! That’s stumps on Day 1 in Adelaide. And what an interesting day of cricket it has been. South Africa lost wickets early before Stephen Cook and Faf du Plessis carried things on. From then on, there were bits and bobs of partnerships but Faf du Plessis remained the common thread who went on to score his sixth Test ton and second against the Aussies. In the end, the Proteas were 259/9 before they announced the declaration to give themselves a go under the lights to get some early Australian wickets. Usman Khawaja and debutant Matt Renshaw remained cautious in their approach and were 14/0 in the 12 overs. Whose day was it? Let us know!
No David Warner to open the innings for Australia. There’s Usman Khawaja in his place and alongside him is Matt Renshaw. Vernon Philander has the ball and he starts with a no ball. Warner can’t open because he wasn’t on the field when the decision to declare was made. 15 minutes or so before Warner could come in at No 3
DECLARED! Well that’s an interesting decision. South Africa have chosen to declare at 259/9 with Faf du Plessis on 118 and Tabraiz Shamsi on 18. Gives the visitors a bit over 10 overs to have a go at the Aussies in tricky late evening conditions. Speaks highly about the intent by the Proteas. Have the conditions to capitalise on and they’ve got plenty of runs on the board
The best form of defence is attack. And that theory being put to good use by Tabraiz Shamsi who has just smacked Hazlewood for two, two and then four. The seamer, expectedly, is not happy. Let’s the No. 11 man known!
Kagiso Rabada stumped Wade b Lyon 1
Kagiso Rabada is stumped by Wade as it gets dark in the evening in Adelaide. The ball pitches on middle stump and spins away on the off side. Rabada strides forward but doesn’t get to the pitch of the ball and is beaten. Wade is quick to capitalise on the slow movement to get back in the crease. Goes to the third umpire and the foot is on the line. Lovely work behind the stumps by Wade!
Terribly unfair and unsporting to jeer any achievement and accolade – whatever the circumstances
Can’t believe some people are booing that hundred… Seriously?
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) November 24, 2016
Faf du Plessis with a double to bring up his sixth hundred in 34 Tests. And what a time to get the hundred. Rakes in the adulation and the support from his teammates that has been there throughout the week
Kyle Abbott lbw Bird 17
And Bird gets the breakthrough! Abbott departs after a remarkable inning and finally someone gives Faf du Plessis the support he needed in the middle. Full delivery on off and Abott plays around his pad and is struck in front of the off stump. South Africa are 215/8
And back on for the final session of the day. The lights are on and the visitors are struggling. Probably the best time for Aussies to get the job done. Faf du Plessis is joined by Kyle Abbott. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood are on with the ball
And that’s DINNER! South Africa are 165/7 with the session clearly belonging to Australia. Faf du Plessis stands strong at 65 but unfortunately for him, no one else staying put at the other end. Lovely bit of bowling by the Aussie seamers. Hazlewood has four, Starc with two and Bird has one
Vernon Philander c Wade b Hazlewood 4
Hazlewood looks to have another wicket. It pitches on the off stump and nicks back in to get a touch off the thigh pad and go on to Wade. Australian players appeal and it is given out. But Philander immediately goes for a REVIEW! There is a spike on the Snicko and the decision is upheld. Everyone thought that it had taken an inside edge but there is a hint of confusion about it. Faintest of touches and it is not picked up, possibly. Anyway, the decision stands and South Africa are 161/7.
Quinton de Kock c Wade b Hazlewood 24
Another one falls for South Africa! Josh Hazlewood angles it away from the left hander after the ball pitches on leg or middle. Swings away just a hint and it goes comfortably into Wade’s gloves. Sixth wicket today with an edge and catch behind. South Africa are 149/6
Faf du Plessis has moved past the 50-run mark. Has taken some number of blows in the process but South Africa need a skipper’s knock at this stage. Moreover, individually he has quite a lot to do to shift talks from ‘cheat’ to ‘centurion’
Temba Bavuma c Wade b Bird 8
Temba Bavuma has a go at a ball that has pitched just outside the off stump and gets some late movement to eke out an edge and the trend of catches behind stumps continues. Wade holds on easily and Bird has his first.
CHANCE! Mitchell Starc with aggressive bowling. Bangs it short to Temba Bavuma and the short man can only manage to glove it. Luckily for him though, it doesn’t carry properly to first slip. Inches short from being plucked
Stephen Cook c Steve Smith b Mitchaell Starc 40
Just after the 50 partnership comes up for the duo, Mitchell Starc has Stephen Coook dismissed. This time it is a legal delivery. Pitches on the off stump and angles away to take an outside edge which is taken by Steve Smith at second slip
The second session is underway in Adelaide. Mitchell Starc has the ball and the first over is a maiden
That’s the end of the first session in Adelaide. South Africa are 89/3 with all three wickets going for 5 runs. Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla and JP Duminy the wickets to fall. Mitchell Starc with one wicket and Josh Hazlewood with two. Stephen Cook is on 40 and Faf du Plessis on 26. Pretty even session now after Australia dominated the first part. Worth noting that Cook was dismissed on 4 but was called back after a no ball by Starc.
Nathan Lyon to bowl the last over before Tea. The break will be a short 20 minutes
Spin being introduced then as Nathan Lyon comes on. He’s got a slip and a short leg in place
There’s Stephen Cook in the middle at 33 and he’s joined by the skipper Faf du Plessis on 7. South Africa are 60/3 after 18 overs.
Next man in is Faf du Plessis who comes on to bat amid boos from the crowd in Adelaide
JP Duminy c Wade b Hazlewood 5
Another one falls in single digits (or weirdly, at 5!). It is full and outside off which is a juicy half-volley. Duminy goes after it but it sneaks inwards and gets an inside edge. Wade takes a comfortable catch.
Hashim Amla c Renshaw b Hazlewood 5
Josh Hazlewood bangs it short and outside the off stump. Hashim Amla with almost a nothing shot and it gets an outside edge that is taken by the debutant Renshaw at first slip. Ball still moving a shade
Dean Elgar c Usman Khawaja b Mitchell Starc 5
This was coming! But it looked like Stephen Cook would be the one to fall. Mitchell Starc with another well placed delivery that moves away a touch and a thick edge goes flying to Usman Khawaja at third slip. And for good measure, they check the no ball and Starc’s foot is comfortably inside the line. South Africa are 12/1
NO BALL! Stephen Cook is given out leg before off Mitchell Starc at 4 but the seamer has overstepped and the South Africa opener is called back.It pitched on the middle stump and was going on to hit the middle stump. Surely out, no questions!
FOUR! Edged and wide of third slip and the ball races away to the boundary for a four and the first runs of this Test. Full and wide outside off and Stephen Cook gets his front foot but late to it. Thick outside edge and it goes to the ropes.
Alright we’re ready then! Stephen Cook to face the first pink-ball of this day-night Test. He’s got Dean Elgar on the other end. Mitchell Starc from over the wicket to get things underway!
TOSS: South Africa have won the toss and they’ve chosen to bat. Sixth time in a row that Steve Smith has lost the toss!
Australia: Warner, Renshaw, Khawaja, Smith (c), Handscomb, Maddinson, Wade (wk), Starc, Hazlewood, Lyon, Bird
South Africa: Cook, Elgar, Amla, Duminy, du Plessis (c), Bavuma, de Kock (wk), Philander, Abbott, Rabada, Shamsi
Baggy Greens being handed out at the Adelaide Oval! Peter Handscomb (No.447), Nic Maddinson (No.448) and Matt Renshaw (No.449) make their Test debuts. As is tradition, Steve Smith announced the team a day prior.
Australia: David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (capt), Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddinson, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird.
So, Matthew Wade comes back in for Peter Nevill and Jackson Bird, another youngster, gets the nod.
Good morning! We’re set and ready for the third Test between Australia and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval in what is the second day-nighter for Australia. And it is incredible how much is bearing on this “dead rubber”! South Africa have a clean sweep in the offing and much to prove to any detractors that the wins have not been cases of cheating as some have called it. For Australia, the soul searching has begun and some heads have already rolled. Could Steve Smith as skipper be next if things don’t go as planned? Promises to be a cracker!
Australia gamble on youth to avoid clean sweep against South Africa
After Faf du Plessis left behind the media conference room and, hopefully, the ball tampering case which he had been discussing on Wednesday, his place was taken by Australia captain Steve Smith to talk about his much-changed lineup and whether it can avoid an unprecedented Test series sweep at home against South Africa.
The young skipper has made a habit of announcing his team at the news conference on the eve of Tests since he took charge last year, and this was no different. Only this time, he had to elaborate.
Three uncapped batsmen have been selected in Australia’s top six, Matthew Wade was recalled as wicketkeeper at the expense of Peter Nevill and Jackson Bird was recalled to the pace attack – in all, five changes to the team that capitulated in the second Test last week and conceded a third consecutive series on home soil to South Africa.
The three incoming batsmen, who earned their caps on the basis of domestic form, will have the added pressure of dealing with the day-night playing conditions at the Adelaide Oval – only the third ever in the pink-ball format. The overhaul leaves vice-captain David Warner, at 30, the oldest player in the team.
So Smith introduced the lineup, starting at the top of the order with 20-year-old, English-born Matt Renshaw opening with Warner, followed by Usman Khawaja, the skipper himself, and newcomers Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson at Nos. 5 and 6. Bird, 29, was recalled for his first Test since February ahead of local quick Chadd Sayers, and will work with pacemen Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood and spinner Nathan Lyon.
Trevor Hohns, who became the interim selection chief when Rod Marsh quit last week, produced one of the more inexperienced teams Australia has ever fielded in a Test.
“I’ve almost felt a little shift over the last couple of days in attitude and energy from what the new guys have brought in,” said Smith, who had never seen Renshaw until after he earned national selection. “I’m actually really excited now about the young guys coming into the group and what they bring.”
Smith was unbeaten in his first 11 Tests as captain, but has now been in charge for five consecutive losses – three in Sri Lanka followed by the lopsided losses to South Africa in Perth and Hobart – and the team has plummeted from the No. 1 ranking.
The new players eased into training almost unnoticed, with most of the attention this week on South Africa skipper du Plessis.
He was found guilty of ball tampering for using an artificial substance – the mint in his mouth – to change the condition of the ball as he shined it during the second Test. Du Plessis doesn’t believe he did anything wrong, saying cricketers all over the world do the same thing.
Du Plessis was fined but avoided suspension after being found guilty of ball tampering by the International Cricket Council, making him available for a shot at the sweep
South Africa came to Australia without captain A.B. de Villiers and lost leading paceman Dale Steyn to injury early in the first Test, but has dominated all but the opening day of the series. They’re taking all the credit for Australia’s gamble on youth.
“I was very surprised to see the changes to that extent,” du Plessis said. “That brings pleasure to see what we’re doing … is creating something in the Australian team they feel they need to change.”
Du Plessis said a 3-0 series sweep remained the main driver in Adelaide, where the first ever day-night match last year was over inside three days when Australia beat New Zealand.
“As a leader, you want to be part of creating history – that’s something we have done,” he said, referring to South Africa becoming the first team to win three consecutive Test series in Australia since the West Indies in the 1980s and 90s.
“I don’t want to miss out on that. We’ve played very good cricket, we’ve got something going and it’s important to keep that going.”
Du Plessis didn’t forecast too much change for South Africa, except for a likely temporary change in how they shine the ball to keep it swinging.
“Mints are just for bad breath now – not for shining the ball,” he said. “Possibly for this one game, I need to stay away from the mints.”