Australia left frustrated as South Africa cling on for SCG draw

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The
hosts
needed
14
wickets
on
the
final
day
to
secure
victory
and
a
clean
sweep
of
the
three-game
Test
series,
but
were
denied
despite
bowling
out
the
Proteas
and
enforcing
the
follow-on.

South
Africa
finished
106-2
in
their
second
innings,
having
been
bowled
out
for
255
shortly
before
tea.
Australia
needed
nine
wickets
in
the
final
session
but
eventually
opted
to
shake
hands
with
five
overs
left.

Pat
Cummins’ side
were
left
frustrated
after
a
series
of
unsuccessful
reviews
including
several
LBW
appeals
from
Nathan
Lyon
which
reverted
to
the
umpires’
call.

Steve
Smith
was
also
denied
a
crucial
catch
by
the
third
umpire
for
the
second
time
in
the
match,
when
Heinrich
Klaasen
edged
to
first
slip
off
a
frustrated
Lyon
in
the
second
innings.
Lyon
bowled
40
first-innings
overs,
taking
2-88
before
toiling
away
for
0-32
from
15
overs
in
the
second
innings.

South
Africa
will
be
content
to
have
shown
some
final-day
fight
after
a
lopsided
series
with
Sarel
Erwee
(42no)
and
Temba
Bavuma
(17no)
unbeaten.

The
tourists
had
resumed
at
149-6
with
Marco
Jansen
dismissed
early,
caught
behind
off
Travis
Head,
but
Simon
Harmer
(47)
and
Keshav
Maharaj
(53)
teamed
up
for
a
gritty
85-run
eighth-wicket
partnership
that
halted
Australia’s
push
for
victory.

Australia
had
their
chances,
most
notably
when
Head
dropped
a
caught-and-bowled
chance
from
Maharaj,
who
lasted
almost
two
hours
alongside
Harmer.

Maharaj
eventually
fell
LBW
to
Josh
Hazlewood,
who
also
claimed
the
wicket
of
Harmer
after
Lyon
had
two
reviews
denied
against
him
on
47.
Hazlewood
finished
with
4-48
in
the
first
innings
on
his
return
from
a
side
strain.

After
enforcing
the
follow-on,
Cummins
gave
Australia
hope
when
he
had
opposition
skipper
Dean
Elgar
caught
behind
by
Alex
Carey
down
leg
side
for
10,
but
the
Proteas
were
stubborn
enough
to
see
out
the
draw.


Khawaja
gets
his
reward

Usman
Khawaja
was
denied
a
shot
at
a
maiden
Test
double
hundred,
rooted
on
195no,
when
Cummins
declared
on
the
fourth
day
pursing
victory
after
day
three
was
lost
to
rain
but
he
was
named
Player
of
the
Match.

Khawaja
had
a
lean
two
Tests
before
his
big
knock,
managing
only
14
runs
in
his
previous
three
innings
against
the
Proteas.
Coincidentally,
David
Warner
was
named
Player
of
the
Series
after
his
double
century
at
the
MCG
Test,
yet
he
otherwise
only
scored
13
more
runs
in
three
other
knocks.


Elgar
struggles
as
skipper

Elgar
endured
a
lean
tour
with
his
cheap
dismissal
down
leg
side
in
the
second
innings
underlining
his
struggles
since
taking
over
as
South
Africa
skipper
in
March
2021
from
Quinton
de
Kock.
The
opener
managed
only
56
runs
in
six
innings
this
series.

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