sharp bounce out of the rough as Erwee goes back and across to defend. Pulls his gloves down to let it hit his body
Australia's team collects the nameless trophy for a 2-0 win over South Africa. They were the dominant team. But it does keep others alive in the WTC if Australia lose 4-0 in India and other results go a particular way. But there's a lot of cricket still to be played. Thanks for your company for this series. That concludes our coverage. On behalf of Chandan Duorah, Karthik Krishnaswamy, Andrew McGlashan, Tristan Lavalette, Firdose Moonda and myself it's goodbye from the SCG.
Pat Cummins: "The wicket was still pretty good. We knew we were up against it. Keep putting some balls in some good areas, hopefully the luck turned. But that wasn't the case, they batted beautifully. We were probably up against it. We had 150 overs to try and take 20 wickets on a pretty good batting surface. Really proud of all the efforts. I thought Nathan Lyon was outstanding. He bowled close to 60 overs for less rewards than he deserved. I think the most pleasing thing is similar to last year's Ashes, everyone contributing. I'm really happy with how everyone is travelling. I think everyone can hold their heads up high."
Dean Elgar: "It's good to end the tour like this. Touring Australia is never easy. But obviously the message to the group last night was we have got to go out and fight on day five and I think it's going to help us in the future. It's going to lead us down the right road. If you think about it, there's only three or four guys that have toured here in the past. The rest was all brand new experiences. I think the learnings from that is these guys might be playing here again in a couple of years time and obviously there are a lot of learnings out of that. But Australia is a tough place to tour if not the toughest in the world. There's a few negatives but also a lot of positives especially out of today. I know I'm the captain but I'm also a runscorer and I know that hasn't worked out of late but I know I'll be back. I don't go lying down. I know my character and I know I'll come out stronger."
The player of the match is Usman Khawaja.
Usman Khawaja: "I'm just enjoying the good times at the moment. [The SCG] can be a grinding wicket, a slow wicket, spin is always in the game so you need to have your options against spin. It's not rocket science, if you bat well and you do it for a long time you'll usually succeed out there. I would love to have a double ton next to my name but at the end of the day it's a great way to showcase cricket and what cricket stands for. You want to go out there and you want to make milestones and achieve certain goals but at the end of the day it's about winning and you've got to do what's best. I think any children watching out there, or anyone watching how Australia plays their sport, it's always team first and I think that's very important when you are playing a team game."
Player of the series is David Warner for his double in Melbourne.
David Warner: "It was a fantastic performance by the whole team. Each individual had their own performances. We would have all liked to bat a bit more. But credit to our bowlers. Our bowlers were fantastic. It didn't go our way. Hopefully this Sydney weather is better next year."
Ryan M: "Giving Warner player of the series is absurd. Surely you're looking for a player who has contributed at multiple times throughout the series, not just once in one match. Cummins, Smith, Labuschagne, and Head all have far better claims than Warner"
Abhishek: "I can think of at least 5 players who deserved the 'Player of the Series' award more than David Warner."
For those asking about the WTC standings, Rajesh gave us the permutations earlier: If Aus draw here and lose all 4 in Ind they slip to 59.65. SA, with a draw here and a 2-0 verdict vs WI, go to 55.56. SL can go to 61.11 with a 2-0 series win in NZ. Ind will be on 68.06 if they beat Aus 4-0, 62.5 if they win 3-1, and 56.94 with a 2-2 verdict. So for SA to still be in with a chance, they need SL to not win 2-0, and Ind to get fewer than 24 points that they would with 2 wins. Even if Aus draw just one Test in Ind (if they lose 3-0) they will go up to 61.4, which is marginally more than SL's max (assuming a draw in Sydney and no docking of points). If SL win only 1-0 in NZ they finish on 55.56, which will be below Aus even if they lose 4-0 to Ind.
Steven Smith on Fox: "We tried a lot out there. I think we had three or four umpire's calls that didn't quite go our way but that's the game. We probably missed a few half chances throughout this morning and into this second innings as well. If we take those things might have been different potentially. But we worked hard all day. [On the non-catches] I could understand the one the other day. The one that I scooped up with the one hand. I think that might have potentially touched the ground. But I thought today's one, I was pretty certain I caught today's one. But deemed the other way. That happens as well. Can't do much about it. It's the umpire's call and move on."
Josh Hazlewood on Fox: "14 wickets was a hard ask. If we didn't lose a day to rain who knows what might have been. It would have been nice to see the wicket after five days of traffic to see how that played, if it was back to the old school SCG but it was good fun today. It's not the easiest wicket to bowl on as a fast bowler. There's not that carry and not that pace. It's a different type of bowling and probably what we're going to come up with in India in a few weeks time."
5.22pm And that is that. The players shake hands, and South Africa end a miserable tour with a hard-fought draw. Australia needed 14 wickets at the start of the day, and thanks to the lower order in the first innings and the top order in the second, South Africa have ensured they only gave away five of them. Excellent all-round display from Australia to push so hard for a win, given all the time lost to the weather, but they'll wonder if they got their selection right, with Ashton Agar not quite giving them a proper four-man attack. I'm off now. It's over to Alex for the presentations. Final crowd is 20,470.
stretches out and pads away a flighted ball pitched on the wider end of the rough area
tossed up full outside off, stretches out and stabs to point
filthy full-toss outside off, swats it away towards the midwicket boundary. There's no one there, but the ball slows down as it approaches the rope and stops half a foot short of it. Overstepped as well
length ball spinning in from the footmarks, though not dramatically. Good press forward to block into the off side
Round the wicket to Erwee.
short, turning away from off stump, cut away to deep point
nice length, middle-and-leg line, gets forward and blocks it back to the bowler
Labuschagne to the right-hander now. Over the wicket.
flat and quick again, a touch too short to trouble Erwee. He can go on the back foot and watch it into the keeper's gloves. Not much turn again
flat and quick into the rough, doesn't turn a great deal, left alone
drops short now, and Bavuma skips back and punches with the turn through the covers
sharp turn, but it turns from the line of the stumps and is ending up way outside off, because of the angle. Left alone
wham. Dangled up on middle stump and he gets down low and hammers a slog-sweep over midwicket. One bounce and over the rope
goes back to flick one pitching outside leg, misses and is hit on the pad
Agar continues. Over the wicket now to Bavuma.
Mustafa Moudi : "With just 8 overs remaining, Neither SA is going to chase it down at 16 an over, Nor Australia is going to get 8 wickets, then whats the point of continuing this match. Ask the captains and declare this test as a draw !!" -- There's a chance for Erwee to score a half-century.
a touch shorter, goes right back and defends into the on side
good-length legbreak turning in from the rough, gets on the front foot and blocks it back to the bowler
We've now seen both the yin and the yang of the part-time leggie.
loopy full-toss outside off, and Erwee drives to the left of mid-off and enters the 40s
back of a length, not a lot of turn in, gets back and across and defends
there's the drag-down, but Erwee fails to profit, bottom-edging his pull into his back leg
lovely length, brings Erwee forward to defend with the turn to midwicket
Marnus to have another go and ripping them out of the footmarks. Round the wicket to Erwee.
good ball, drifting in to pitch on middle or thereabouts and straightening. Gets forward and blocks it back to the bowler
|Sydney Cricket Ground|
|Toss||Australia, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||Australia won the 3-match series 2-0|
|Match number||Test no. 2488|
|Hours of play (local time)||10.30 start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-17.10, Close 17.10|
|Match days||4,5,6,7,8 January 2023 - day (5-day match)|
|Points||Australia 4, South Africa 4|