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Australia Vs South Africa 3rd Test: Hosts Look Strong as Rain Interrupts Day 1

Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne guided Australia to 147-2 before bad light and rain interrupted day one

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Russell Chattaraj
Russell Chattaraj
Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

AUSTRALIA: The first day of the South Africa and Australia Test was cut short by rain at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The Australians are now holding a commanding lead over the Proteas.

Australian batsman Usman Khawaja is unbeaten on 54 at the stumps, and Marnus Labuschagne top-scored for the hosts with a skillfully constructed 79. 

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Australia’s innings

The host won the toss and opted to bat first, and the decision looks good so far, as Australia finished the day at 147/2. 

On the penultimate ball of the 47th over, which also happened to be the final ball of the day’s play, Labuschagne was removed by Anrich Nortje. 

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South Africa, on the other hand, bowled well and took two wickets. 

Anrich Nortje, who bowled with intent, captured both wickets.

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Given that the first part of the day was cleaned up owing to poor lighting, there is little to distinguish between the two teams. Day 2 will begin at 04:30 IST, 30 minutes sooner (11:00 GMT ), to recover the lost time.

Marnus Labuschagne’s funny gesture 

Earlier in the day, David warner (10) lost his wicket to Anrich Nortje. Later Marnus and Khwaja added 135 runs to stabilise the Aussies.

Marnus Labuschagne’s yet another on-field gesture during the Sydney Test match against South Africa left Australia in disarray. While at bat in the first inning, Marnus Labuschagne motioned to the Australian dugout for a cigarette lighter. 

His teammates and the commentators were perplexed by this, but they complied with the request.

The Australian batter then started to burn the inside of his helmet, ostensibly to get rid of any loose pieces that might be entering his eye line. The commentators laughed and made strange gestures while discussing Labuschagne’s past.

After completing his work on the helmet, the batter moved on to take on South Africa’s pace attack.

Also Read: Australia Vs South Africa Day 4: Australia Wins the 2nd Test by a Huge Margin

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  • Russell Chattaraj

    Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

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