Australia vs South Africa Third Test: live cricket scores, updates (Day 1 – Perth)

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    Australia v South Africa

    WACA GROUND, NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 4, 2012

    3rd Test - AUS v SAF

     
    South Africa 1st Inn 225 All Out
    Australia 1st Inn 163 All Out
    South Africa 2nd Inn 569 All Out
    Australia 2nd Inn 322 All Out
    South Africa won the toss and elected to bat
    South Africa won by 309 runs
    Australia Over:82.5  RR:3.89
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    NM Lyon* 31 43 6 0 72.09
    MA Starc 68 43 9 2 158.14
    South Africa
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    DW Steyn* 22.5 6 72 3 3.15
    VD Philander 21.0 8 41 2 1.95
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    Last Wicket: Lyon, 31 (c:Smith b:Steyn)
    Current Partnership: 87 runs, 75 balls, RR:116.00

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    Australia and South Africa go into the third Test match of their series at the WACA in Perth with the number one ranking at stake for the two sides.

    We’ll bring you the live scores and commentary of the action throughout the second Test match, with the day starting at 1:30 pm AEDT (10:30am local) on November 30.

    Ricky Ponting’s decision to retire from international cricket after a string of poor scores surprised his captain Michael Clarke, who will now hope that it brings a new level of fire from his side which looks depleted in bowling stocks.

    Ponting’s every movement with the bat will be closely watched as Australia hope that he can go out on a high in a stellar career.

    He’ll be hoping to end with a big score – is a century possible on what is expected to be a bouncy WACA pitch?

    The forecast is for cooler conditions over the first days, heating up dramatically as the Test continues.

    Ponting’s retirement aside, it will be interesting to see how Australia adapt to the changes in personnel, brought about by the exciting but exhausting Adelaide game.

    Already Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus have been ruled out of the Test match, having failed to recover from their long spells in the previous game.

    Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood and John Hastings are in the squad, and two of those names should make it to the starting XI.

    Shane Watson comes back into the side for Australia in place of Rob Quiney, with the management hoping that he will be able to share bowling responsibilities with the newly-annointed bowling line-up – and add more runs.

    South Africa will have changes of their own. Imran Tahir’s shocking return in the Adelaide Test will call for drastic measures and Robin Peterson might be brought in to buffer up the spin bowling department.

    A decision on Jacques Kallis will be taken before the start of the game, with the management hoping that the all-rounder can get fit enough to at least bat. If he fails to attain full fitness, Ryan McLaren could get a call-up.

    We will bring you the coverage throughout the game from the WACA in Perth and hope to receive your opinions as the action unfolds.

    Keep updated by reviewing the comments below.

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    • 4:34am
      Johnno said | 4:34am | ! Report

      the 1st hour is going to be very exciting, Nathan Lyon’s batting surprised me , if he can take some more shine of the new ball it will help the aussies.

    • 11:09pm
      Jimmithecricket said | 11:09pm | ! Report

      That pitch is not as bad as you may think. Just takes a little more dedication getting in. I’d say par first innings was 350. We should look to score about 400 to 450 i reacon. We bat deeper with the bowling changes as well. Backing Ricky to get a fifty a least. Wade and Hastings as well, let pup have a day off. We only lose Lyon by lunch I reacon paddy power will pay out on us.

    • 10:39pm
      Geno said | 10:39pm | ! Report

      Cowan is not test standard it’s that simple let’s play the batsman who can win us the ashes!

      Warner
      Khawaja
      Hughes
      Watson
      Clarke
      Hussey
      Paine
      Pattinson
      Cummins
      Starc
      Lyon

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      9:03pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:03pm | ! Report

      The last ball of the day is driven by Lyon to the left of mid-off for a couple of runs, keeping Ponting safe in the sheds for tonight.

      Australia have ended the first day at 2/33 in 11 overs after South Africa were bowled out for 225. du Plessis’ 78 not-out, Lyon’s three wickets and some excellent spells from the quick bowlers was the highlight of a very rivetting day of Test cricket.

      Signing off for now but will be back again tomorrow for the second day’s play of this Grand Final.

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      9:02pm
      ak said | 9:02pm | ! Report

      End of day’s play.

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      9:00pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:00pm | ! Report

      Steyn has roared in this six-over spell – this is his sixth in progress – and Lyon is enduring a spell to remember. Can he hang on to it…just a couple of balls now.

    • 8:59pm
      Red Kev said | 8:59pm | ! Report

      There it is, Lyon does his job, Ponting safe until tomorrow.
      But worryingly for Australia, Steyn has looked really good tonight.

    • 8:58pm
      Johnno said | 8:58pm | ! Report

      How did that miss the edge wow.

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      8:56pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 8:56pm | ! Report

      Ouch, couple of them banged in short and Warner jumps to try and evade ’em, instead is hit on different places. The third one is a bouncer but this time he sways away from its line.

    • 8:56pm
      Johnno said | 8:56pm | ! Report

      2 wickets and it’s even, get Warner tonight it’s been STH Africa’s day.

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