Australia set 127 for victory after Cook hundred

Innings South Africa 9 for 259 dec and 250 (Cook 104, Starc 4-80, Lyon 3-60) lead Australia 383 by 126 runs
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Mitchell Starc finished with 4 for 80 © Cricket Australia

Australia will chase 127 for victory at Adelaide Oval after South Africa were bowled out for 250 in their second innings. Stephen Cook moved to his second Test century on the fourth day before he was the last man to fall, bowled by Mitchell Starc for 104. South Africa had added 56 to their overnight total for the loss of their last four wickets.

Jackson Bird made the important frist breakthrough when he had Quinton de Kock lbw for 5, the on-field not-out decision from Nigel Llong overturned on Australia’s review. Vernon Philander put on 34 for the eight wicket with Cook before Starc, using the new ball to great effect, swung a fullish delivery back in an trapped Philander lbw for 17.

Cook was running out of partners but had time to bring up his hundred from his 235th delivery with a boundary pulled through square leg off Josh Hazlewood. It looked as if Cook was set to carry his bat through the innings, especially when Kagiso Rabada gloved behind trying to pull Hazlewood on 7, but in the next over Cook was done by Starc’s swing. Starc finished with 4 for 80.

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