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Day 3 blog: Second Test Australia vs South Africa at Hobart

Stumps Australia 2nd innings 2/121 Khawaja 56 Smith 18

With Australia at 2/121, still trailing by 120 runs, the players left the field due to fading light.

The highlight of day 3 was certainly the wonderful century by Quinton de Kock.  His 2nd Test ton was modestly acknowledged but widely admired.  Tempa Bavuma (74) played a gritty supporting role contributing to South Africa’s total of 326.  Josh Hazlewood finished with figures of 6/89 provoking Macquarie radio commentator Damien Fleming to wonder of the glorious career he has ahead.

Australia’s 2nd innings was away to a disastrous start as Burns tickled one down leg side to de Kock for a 4 ball duck and Warner played on in what could be considered an unlucky dismissal.  Despite Kyle Abbott and Vernon Philander being relentless in their line and length, Khawaja and Smith have started the fightback. Tune in tomorrow.

Hear Tim Lane, Damien Fleming and Greg Matthews set up what could be a very interesting day 4.  

 

 

Tea Aus 1/54 Warner 29 Khawaja 24

Finishing with figures of 6/89 Josh Hazlewood wrapped up South Africa’s first innings on 326 to lead Australia by 241 runs.  Joe Burns suffered a demoralising 4 ball duck bringing a woozy feeling of deja vu upon all unlucky enough to see it.  Dave Warner and Usman Khawaja survived a DRS review and errors in the field to make it to tea.  

John Emburey and Greg Matthews explain what Australia will need to do next.  Highlights to follow

 

Lunch SA 6/288 Bavuma 74 Philander 3

Clearly refreshed from a washed out day 2 Quinton de Kock and Tempa Bavuma piled on the runs in an extended session to start day 3.  Thanks to a magnificent century from de Kock (104) with solid support from Bavuma, South Africa lead by 203 runs.  Admiring of de Kock, Ian Chappell likened the quality batsman to Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara. 

Australia on the hand has commentators and fans fearful for the future.  Adding bowling to the growing list of queries to be answered and Greg Matthews further questioning the effort of the team, asking ‘are they leaving their blood out there?’.

Barry Richards and John Emburey dissect the first session of day 3.  Highlights to follow 

 

Click here for highlights from day one. Day two was washed out.

 

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