Australia pick up a win,South Africa take the series 2-1
Australia vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Adelaide
Australia won by 7 wickets
South Africa: 259/9 decl, 250
Australia: 383, 127/3 (40.5 Ovs)
Man of the match:Usman Khawaja
Man of the series:Vernon Philander
Steve Smith ushered his new-look Australia lineup to the brink of victory, then entrusted a pair of freshmen to finish off the seven-wicket win over South Africa on Sunday that ended a demoralizing streak of five defeats.
In a transfer that could be viewed either daring or desperate, Australia selectors spoke back to massive losses to South Africa in Perth and Hobart by using making 5 changes to the XI for the day-night test in Adelaide, together with three uncapped batsmen within the top six.
Two of them — 20-year old opener Matt Renshaw and 25-year old No. 5 Peter Handscomb — were there when Australia reached the target of 127 for the loss of three wickets, sealing the suit with more than a day to spare.
Handscomb hit the winning single and Renshaw completed unbeaten on 34 after sharing partnerships of sixty four with vice-captain David Warner (forty seven) and sixty one with his skipper, Smith (40).
South Africa won its 3rd straight series in Australia, clinching it with wins through 177 runs and by means of an innings and 80 runs despite the absence of captain A.B. De Villiers and the injury-enforced lack of pace spearhead Dale Steyn.
However Australia gained some redemption.
After the loss in Hobart, Smith mentioned he was once humiliated and embarrassed by means of Australia’s batting collapses.
Chief selector Rod Marsh retired, and five players were discarded. Youthful batsmen Renshaw, and Nic Maddinson had been rushed into the team, wicketkeeper Matt Wade changed Peter Nevill and seamer Jackson hen was once introduced in to support the new ball pair of Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood.
“i’m really proud and joyful with the way in which the boys stood up on this recreation,” Smith stated. “They confirmed slightly of fight, character and resilience.”
Renshaw confirmed he could occupy the crease, surviving 12 overs under lights towards the red ball on the hole night after Faf du Plessis’s tactical statement at 259-9. It was once the begin Australia needed to get to 383. He anchored the 2nd innings, dealing with 139 balls for his 34.
“He did not appear fazed by using all of it. He simply got on with the job,” Smith said. “It used to be first-class for him and Pete, two guys on debut, to be there on the finish.”
The Australians had been coasting unless Warner was run out and Usman Khawaja, who scored a hundred forty five in a first innings that spanned three days — was trapped lbw with the total on 64.
The relaxation of the fourth day, though, went wholly Australia’s way. South Africa resumed at 194-6 and was once all out for 250, with Starc returning four-80 and spinner Nathan Lyon taking 3-60. Stephen cook’s 104 — his best possible score seeing that a century on debut towards England in January — used to be the spotlight of the South African innings.
“Mission positive,” du Plessis stated, reflecting on the three-match series. “tremendous series to beat Australia 2-1, and to do it thrice in a row — it can be extremely good.”
Du Plessis praised his bowlers, led with the aid of Man of the series Vernon Philander, for the way they rattled the Australians in Steyn‘s absence.
He said he’d take day trip to chill out earlier than the home test series in opposition to Sri Lanka. Australia will host New Zealand in a limited-overs series earlier than kicking off a three-test series towards Pakistan on Dec. 15 with a day-night suit in Brisbane.