Alex Carey scores his maiden century against South Africa

South Africa are 386 runs behind Australia and Captain Dean Elgar got out for a duck to Pat Cummins. At this point, rain decided to pay a visit and play had to be called off on Day 3. South Africa needs to battle out for two days to save the Test or score more than 500 runs in their second innings to have a chance to push for a win.

Alex Carey and Cameron Green have put on 117 runs against South Africa
Alex Carey and Cameron Green have put on 117 runs against South Africa

South Africa are touring in Australia for their Tests as part of the World Test Championship. Australia are on top of the table with 120 points and India are in second spot with 99 points. South Africa on in third place with 72 points. If Australia white-wash South Africa then India and Australia tour in February – March, 2023 will be a dress rehearsal for the WTC finals, provided South Africa win their Home Tests against West Indies and India win Tests against Australia.

Alex Carey scores a maiden century for Australia
Alex Carey scores a maiden century for Australia

South Africa has already lost the first Test match and now, they are playing Boxing Day Test at Melbourne, MCG. Australia had South Africa reeling in their first innings for 189 runs. David Warner (200), Steve Smith (85) helped Australia score 386/3 on Day 2. South Africa bowlers tried their best to put Australia on the backfoot on Day 3. Travis Head and Alex Carey started the day. Travis Head completed his half century from 54 balls and got out.

Cameron Green scored a fighting fifty against South Africa
Cameron Green scored a fighting fifty against South Africa

David Warner, who retired due to cramps on Day 2 after scoring 200 came to bat at 395/4, as soon as Travis Head (51) got out to Anrich Nortje. He got out on the first ball he faced and Anrich Nortje was on a hat-trick. Later, he had a freak accident with spidercam hitting him in the head and the operator has been fired, after the accident. Pat Cummins (4), Nathan Lyon (25) got out soon, reducing Australia to 440/7. South Africa looked like limiting Australia lead but then Alex Carey and injured Cameron Green came together.

South Africa pace bowler Anrich Nortje brought South Africa back into the game
South Africa pace bowler Anrich Nortje brought South Africa back into the game

Alex Carey and Cameron Green have put on 117-run partnership taking Australia past 550. Alex Carey scored his maiden century and got out for 111 (149) and Cameron Green scored 51 runs off 177 balls. Mitchell Starc scored 10 runs and then Pat Cummins declared with Australia 575/8. South Africa are 386 runs behind Australia and Captain Dean Elgar got out for a duck to Pat Cummins. At this point, rain decided to pay a visit and play had to be called off on Day 3. South Africa needs to battle out for two days to save the Test or score more than 500 runs in their second innings to have a chance to push for a win.

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