Australia Averted Whitewash in Home Series against South Africa

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Monday, November 28th, 2016 | 0

Three debutante; five changes in the squad. Like the changed team, performance changed the same for team Australia. The team came up with flying colour after two demoralizing surrender in two previous matches. Ausies averted whitewash after a win in Adelaide Oval test.

Australia defeated South Africa in the day-night test match by 7 wickets in Adelaide. South Africa though secured the trophy by winning two matches of the three-match series.

Australia Averted Whitewash in Home Series against South Africa

On third day, Ausie bowlers paved the path for the win. On fourth day South Africa had a lead of 70 runs with 4 wickets at hand. That day the Proteans could only add 70 more runs to the scorecard.

With the start of the day the Tasmanian Jackson Bird sent off the dangerous Quinton de Kock. Remaining was the century of Stephen Cook and winning of the match. Both came quickly.

Cook touched the milestone of second century of his carrier facing 235 balls. He was alive until the fall of last wicket. He had the chance to carry the bat throughout the innings but an inside edge from Starc stopped him at 104. Cook fought for six hours and after him South Africa could do nothing special to get on the match.

Ausies had an easy target of 127 runs and the opening batsmen had already collected 68 runs. Warner did his usual job and another debutante Matt. Renshaw was clutching in the crease in his first match as opener.

Warner got out at 51 playing 48 balls. First innings centurion Usman Kwaza was sent off to the pavilion only after had he faced two balls. Steven Smith lost his wicket so close to the win. At last the debutante Renshaw carried out the match proving his temperament.

Usman Kwaza was declared the man of the match who made 145 in first innings. Vernon Philander with 12 wickets and 136 runs got the man series award.

Before this match a lot happened to Australia team. Rohdny Marsh resigned from being chief selector for the team. Five was cleared off from the squad after loosing the previous match with six new players in the squad and three debutante in the XI. Such turmoil never took place in the last 40 years of Australian cricket history. These change could act like backfire, some said. However, Australia came up with fighting spirit and they kept the prestige of their baggy green cap.

The Best five:

Batsman

Highest average run in one innings 100/50

Usman Khwaza  6 314 145 52.33 1/2

Quintin de Kock 5 281 104 56.20 1/2

David Warner 6 236 97 39.33 0/1

Steven Smith 6 212 59 42.40 0/1

Faf du Plessis 5 206 118* 51.50 1/0

Bowlers

Average per over highest 5/10

Josh Hazlewood 126.5 17 6/89 22.05 1/0

Kagiso Rabada 108.1 15 5/92 22.40 1/0

Mitchel Starc 120.0 14 4/71 30.14 0/0

Kyle Abbott 74.5 13 6/77 14.84 1/0

Vernon Philander 103.3 12 5/21 23.58 1/0

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