Australia v South Africa: Hosts win third Test but Proteas take series 2-1

Australia's David Warner pulls

Third Test, Adelaide (day four):
South Africa 259: Du Plessis 118*, Hazlewood 4-68 & 250: Cook 104; Starc 4-80
Australia 383: Khawaja 145 & 127-3: Warner 47

Australia avoided a first Test series whitewash at home with a consolation seven-wicket victory in Adelaide as South Africa won the series 2-1.

The Proteas were bowled out for 250 before Australia chased 127 on the fourth evening of the day-night Test.

David Warner made 47, Steve Smith 40 and Matt Renshaw, the England-born opener, 34 not out off 137 balls.

Earlier, Stephen Cook converted his overnight 81 into 104 for South Africa as Mitchell Starc took 4-80.

Victory ended Australia’s run of five successive Test defeats, and was their first in any form of cricket since beating Ireland in a one-day international in September.

Michael Vaughan tweet

South Africa’s series triumph was their third in a row in Australia.

The match ended a fractious tour during which South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was fined for ball-tampering, and a member of their security staff jostled with an Australian journalist at the airport.

Australia play the first of three one-day internationals against New Zealand on 4 December before hosting Pakistan in a three-Test series from 15 December.

South Africa’s next assignment is the visit of Sri Lanka, with a three-Test series starting on 26 December.

Australia v South Africa
1st Test, Perth:South Africa won by 177 runs
2nd Test, Hobart:South Africa won by an innings and 80 runs
3rd Test, Adelaide: Australia won by seven wickets
Full tour schedule

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