Live Updates

  • 4:34 PM IST

    LIVE – Australia 14/0; BATTING: M Renshaw 8*, Khawaja 3*: Well done Australia and Faf du Plessis for making it a memorable first day at Adelaide. Australia came into this game with a lot at stake, but the new team under Smith replied very well. Faf du Plessis was the star of the day though, scoring a fine unbeaten century to lead his side’s reply.

  • 4:22 PM IST

    David Warner, who struggled with his right hand shoulder, has not opened this innings. Usman Khawaja and Matt Renshaw are the two men battling out there.

  • 4:10 PM IST

    AND HE GETS THERE! Renshaw is off the mark with a FOUR off the hips!

  • 4:08 PM IST

    LIVE – Australia 1/0; BATTING: M Renshaw 0*, Khawaja 0*: Massive moment for Matt Renshaw but then the umpire takes away all the fun. Looked like the kid had got his first international runs, but umpire Richard Kettleborough signalled a leg-bye. The wait remains for sometime. Both Renshaw and Khawaja steady at the beginning. Six overs bowled, no runs off the bat yet for the Aussies.

  • 3:37 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 259/9; BATTING: Faf du Plessis 118, Tabraiz Shamsi 18: The tail-enders indeed proved to be handy for South Africa and with that 39-run stand between Shamsi and Du Plessis, Proteas surprisingly decide to declare at 259. What does the last one hour hold for the Aussies?

  • 3:17 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 229/9; BATTING: Faf du Plessis 106, Tabraiz Shamsi 5: Starc and Shamsi are having their share of banter here. Australia are just a wicket away to wrap South Africa’s innings. Du Plessis still standing tall.

  • 3:07 PM IST

    OUT! Kagiso Rabada departs for 1 and after all the hard-work Nathan Lyon strikes!

  • 2:56 PM IST
    LIVE – South Africa 217/8; BATTING: Faf du Plessis 100, Kagiso Rabada 0: So after all the fall of wickets, Proteas get to their 200-run mark. Du Plessis is awaiting his 6th century. Already back-to-back boundaries off Hazlewood. Need five more to get to his century. Abbott is complimenting Faf well on the other hand with singles. This could be the moment for Faf to shoosh all the hurls he received on his centry. And that ends Abbott’s innings for 17. Kagiso Rabada enters.

    Do you remember something with these people around? 😀 Rabada and Faf together. And in that excitement he gets his century
  • 2:31 PM IST
    LIVE – South Africa 193/7; BATTING: Faf du Plessis 82, Kyle Abbott 12: As the overs are proceeding du Plessis is approaching his century. Meanwhile, the Proteas are aiming to go beyond 200-run mark. And looks like du Plessis has got his partner to run this show in the final session.
  • 2:14 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 171/7; BATTING: Faf du Plessis 68, Kyle Abbott 4: Hazlewood begins the attack post Dinner. Abbott is slightly picking the pace. The pink-ball is getting affected by the transformation as the twilight sets in. Some ball that was leaving Abbott tangled.

  • 1:27 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 165/7; BATTING: Faf du Plessis 65, Kyle Abbott 1: Dinner time! Faf du Plessis is at the crease with Abbott. If they can manage something beyond 220, it will a good comeback after the disappointing batting. Chances are bleak though.

  • 1:08 PM IST

    OUT! Vernon Philander c Matthew Wade b Josh Hazlewood 4 (9)

  • 1:07 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 157/5; BATTING: Faf du Plessis 62, Vernon Philander 0: South Africa’s batting has been disappointing today. Do they miss Keshav Maharaj a bit at this stage? With Maharaj comes a hope of some quick runs. De Kock is gone, the onus is upon du Plessis and Philander now. Philander has batted well in the series. Du Plessis does not look very comfortable out there, my colleagues say he does not deserve a century, well he is on his way to get one!

  • 1:03 PM IST

    OUT! Quinton de Kock c Matthew Wade b Josh Hazlewood 24 (33)

  • 12:44 PM IST

    Some stat information:

    100+ overs since Nathan Lyon has gone without a wicket in first-class matches. His last wicket came in the first innings of the Perth Test
  • 12:41 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 130/5; BATTING: Faf du Plessis 50, Quinton de Kock 9: Du Plessis has managed to shoosh the Australian crowd with his fifty. Meanwhile, QDK is going the steady giving as many strike to the captin. Bird had a caught and bowl moment, but missed the opportunity this time. Wade is covering up for what Nevill did not over the past two series. Loud, aggressive and ‘Gary’ is name for Nathan Lyon if one is wondering why is he called by that name. With that single fifty for du Plessis. No, he is not guilty for this 😀

  • 12:21 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 117/5; BATTING: Faf du Plessis 45: It is not a plane, not a superman but a Bird who got Bavuma. South Africa are tumbling once again. Can QDK and Faf bring the difference?

  • 12:16 PM IST
    LIVE – South Africa 115/4; BATTING: Faf du Plessis 45, Temba Bavuma 7: Du Plessis has taken the hurls from the Australian crowd pretty seriously and is five short of getting his fifty. Australia seem to target Bavuma :D. Meanwhile, Faf is being targeted this entire series for all the wrong reasons.

  • 11:58 AM IST
    LIVE – South Africa 107/4; BATTING: Faf du Plessis 40, Temba Bavuma 4: Newbie Renshaw is learning new techniques and this time Starc missed yet another opportunity, Bavuma was the man. Australia get their 100. Meanwhile, Du Plessis racing towards his fifty.

    I hope people are reading and watching this.
  • 11:53 AM IST

    If you are feeling excited as the weekend is approaching and need anymore mood lift at the moment, look at this: (Sad, depressed or wish I was there moment right?)

  • 11:38 AM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 95/4; BATTING: Faf du Plessis 32: So back after tea and you find Starc, Hazlewood beginning the attack. The much needed partnership is here and du Plessis, Cook get their 50-run stand for fourth wicket. Just then Starc finds his way once again and finally, gets Cook for 40.

  • 11:11 AM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 89/3; BATTING: Stephen Cook 40, Faf du Plessis 26: It’s tea! With a partnership now, South Africa look in a better position after early loss of wickets. Hazlewood has been exceptional in this session. As they come back, they will look to get a few more wickets right after tea while South Africa will have to survive that in order to build a good total.

  • 10:54 AM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 84/3; BATTING: Stephen Cook 39, Faf du Plessis 22: A positive start for the hosts with 3 wickets in the morning. Stephen Cook looked a bit clumsy at the crease towards the start but looks better now. Skipper Faf at the other end and both up for the first big partnership of the innings.

  • 10:29 AM IST
    LIVE – South Africa 68/3; BATTING: Stephen Cook 33, Faf du Plessis 15: Matthew Wade for some early morning exercise here, edge and boundary for du Plessis. Starc is the man into attack. It’s raining boundaries for du Plessis.
  • 10:21 AM IST
    LIVE – South Africa 58/3; BATTING: Stephen Cook 31, Faf du Plessis 7: Starc is back into attack and the Proteas are fifty up. So short ball from Starc and Faf handled the ball.

    Crowd does not seem happy with that as well. Should he plead guilty now? 😀
  • 10:12 AM IST
    LIVE – South Africa 44/3; BATTING: Stephen Cook 24, Faf du Plessis 0: Hazlewood shine once again with the pink ball. Duminy goes and enters Faf. Pink ball has missed Hazlewood sorely, right. The Proteas are in trouble.

    The crowd boo’s here. Pietersen has faced many such crowd and Mark Taylor punches it saying, “But you might not have been pleaded guilty.” :O
  • 10:00 AM IST
    LIVE – South Africa 40/2; BATTING: Stephen Cook 21, JP Duminy 4: Hazlewood,the star with the pink ball and and newbie Renshaw’s first catch at the slips. JP Duminy enters the crease. Duminy is off the mark.
    Just for the ones unaware or is bothered to know: Faf du Plessis is playing for the final Test and his entire match fee fined.
  • 9:45 AM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 25/1; BATTING: Stephen Cook 13, Hashim Amla 2: Amla comes to the crease. Starc is itching to get more. It was Cook on strike. An LBW shout but ends to a boundary. South Africa have recovered well since a wicket.

  • 9:32 AM IST
    LIVE – South Africa 12/1; BATTING: Stephen Cook 6: So if not Cook, I’ll go for Elgar, precisely Starcs thoughts. Meanwhile, here are the newbies for Australia.

South Africa have already won the series 2-0 © Getty Images
South Africa have already won the series 2-0 © Getty Images

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of South Africa in Australia 2016-17. This is the third Test and here you will get all the live updates of Day One. The match is being be played at the Adelaide Oval. South Africa already have the edge and will be looking to win the final Test to complete their whitewash while Australia will be looking for a resurgence and seek a face-saving victory in the final match of the series. Both the teams have players making their Test debut. South Africa will be led by Faf du Plessis after getting clearance from ICC about ball-tampering issue. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, third Test, Day One at Adelaide

Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon are the three men bestowed with the responsibility to take the bowling attack ahead. So far, they have failed to match their South African counterparts, and to expect the troika to put aside the horrors of the last two Tests and spark some inspirational performances will be asking for a lot. All three of these bowlers have been excellent in individual capacities, but ‘hunting in packs’ is a thing of bygone era.

South Africa were not ready to play a day-night Test on this tour. They had their own reservations and lack of practice with the pink cricket ball was one of the biggest concerns going into this series. However, with the series already in their bag, South Africa will feel far more comfortable than they did when the idea arrived in their front of playing a pink ball match in Australia.


Australia (playing XI): Steven Smith (c), Matthew Wade (wk), David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddinson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird.

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Dane Vilas (wk), Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Temba Bavuma, Keshav Maharaj, Dwaine Pretorius, Vernon Philander, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rilee Rossouw, Kyle Abbott.