South Africa batted to sack David Warner on the cheap, but Australia did so at lunch on Day 1 of Wednesday’s Third Test after home captain Pat Cummins won the toss and was selected to bat. Opener Ousman Khawadja had 25 out and third-placed Marnus Rabchagne had 30. The pair made an unbeaten he 56-run partnership at the Sydney Cricket Ground on an overcast day.
The match is a dead rubber after Australia seals the series with victories in Melbourne and Brisbane, but another victory in Sydney allows Cummins’ team to book a spot in the World Test Championship final. completed a perfect home summer on the toss, calling correctly in 5 of 5 tests and putting his much-changed side at bat on a pitch that provided a turn for the South African spinners at the end of the session. .
Express paceman Anrich Nolce was 10 out when Warner, who scored 200 in the second Test in Melbourne, made an unfair cut on a full delivery to Nick to Marco Jansen in a slip. was given only one wicket. Surprisingly, Australia chose Matt Renshaw as a mid-range batsman and went with only two fast bowlers.
Paceman Josh Hazelwood was recalled after recovering from a side sprain to replace the dropped Scott Vohland, while left-arm spinner Ashton Agher was named for his first Test since 2017. . After feeling sick, the team confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19 but plans to run tests.
South Africa chose wicketkeeper batsman Heinrich Klaasen in place of Teunis De Bruyne in third place overlooking Lassi van der Dussen. The tourist also picked his second spinner for Simon Hamer to partner Keshav Maharaj and dropped his Lungi Ngidi for the third seamer.
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